Opposition parties in the House of Commons are demanding that Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle allow a vote on an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s “consistent failure to be honest” in statements to MPs.
They have no chance of actually securing such an inquiry – the huge Tory(/fascist) majority in Parliament will kill it – but the debate will be hugely embarrassing to a prime minister who lies habitually.
And of course, deliberately lying at the Dispatch Box is Contempt of Parliament – for which the highest penalty is expulsion.
It occurs to This Writer that a viral video by Peter Stefanovic may have something to do with this move, having been viewed more than 11.5 million times.
Here it is – let’s give it a few more:
We have almost hit 11.5 million views!
Parliamentary action is now being taken by six opposition parties.
Keep it going. TOGETHER we can make a difference. Let’s make it 12 million today! pic.twitter.com/PlvEkE0HDl
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) April 19, 2021
The letter was organised by the Green MP Caroline Lucas and it has been signed by five other parliamentary party leaders: Ian Blackford (Scottish National party), Sir Ed Davey (Liberal Democrats), Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Colum Eastwood (SDLP) and Stephen Farry (Alliance).
One name is significant for being missing from the list:
The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, was invited to sign the letter, but declined. A party source said Labour did not normally sign up to initiatives launched by other parties.
This is typical Starmerism. He won’t sign up to any good Opposition ideas unless he can claim they come from him – although he has been quite happy to support Johnson’s government policies, no matter how daft.
Perhaps it’s time for genuine Opposition parties to resurrect an old US presidential campaign slogan from 1964, and say: We want a choice, not an echo.
As for Johnson, I can only echo the sentiment voiced by Billy Connolly, above. The Big Yin has always been able to spot a wrong ‘un.
Of course, it means most of the Tories who follow Johnson know exactly what he is and don’t care. Otherwise, they would be admitting they need psychiatric treatment and should not be in their current jobs…
(… although let’s be honest, they probably consider being an MP their second or third job, behind representing whichever private firm has them lobbying the government on its behalf!)
To Billy’s pronouncement, let’s add another piece of advice, for those whose sense of humour encompasses this kind of wit:
My wee creation. pic.twitter.com/sdureLu7BN
— Comrade Knees. (@Lizardknees) April 18, 2021
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