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Gove has implied Dictator Johnson may ignore the most important part of the UK’s constitution

Partners in crime? Boris Johnson may ignore the sovereign will of Parliament in his desperation to force the UK into a “no deal” Brexit – and it seems Michael Gove will help him all the way.

If you didn’t know already, please take note that in the United Kingdom, Parliament is the supreme legal authority. It is sovereign – not the government of the day.

Parliamentary sovereignty is the most important principle of the UK’s constitution – as the parliament.uk website makes clear.

So when Michael Gove told Andrew Marr that Boris Johnson’s government may ignore Parliamentary decisions that the Dictator doesn’t like, it is clear that we now have a potentially criminal administration.

Notice how Gove steamrolled over Mr Marr’s attempts to ask further questions, as well. He didn’t want to be nailed down, which suggests that the decision has already been made.

It has not been welcomed.

Professor Brian Cox (the TV scientist) exclaimed on Twitter: “This statement – that the government may decide not to obey the law – confirms that the current minority government is dangerous. Every MP with integrity from any party must stop them this coming week. This is no longer about Brexit – that can be dealt with afterwards.”

He was absolutely right. A criminal government cannot be tolerated and must be stopped.

“Folks, this is what dictatorships look and sound like,” tweeted the account dedicated to the late, great Labour activist and author Harry Leslie Smith.

But Owen Jones put a brighter spin on it: “If any good is coming from the Boris Johnson era – which I realise is a desperate start to a sentence – it’s lots of liberals waking up to how fundamentally broken and undemocratic the system actually is.”

So we are left facing a potentially cataclysmic week in UK politics.

First we will find out if Parliament will gain the right to set the agenda via a “section 24” motion.

Then we must see if a Bill ruling out a “no deal” Brexit is passed.

And finally, will the government abide by such a law?

But the most fundamental question of all must surely be: What will we do if Boris Johnson refuses to accept the sovereign will of Parliament and tries to dictate what the UK does? If he actually does assume the role of dictator, how do we stop him?

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Who, exactly, is refusing to renegotiate Brexit – BoJob or the EU? And why are the Tories complaining?

Does anybody know what’s going on?

On one hand:

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”, European diplomats have been told, amid hardening evidence in Westminster that the government is expecting to crash out of the EU.

And on the other:

Cabinet minister Michael Gove says the EU “seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK” over a new Brexit deal.

Mr Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said he was “deeply saddened” that Brussels was, in his words, saying “no, we don’t want to talk.”

It’s entirely possible that both claims are correct.

If so, Mr Gove has no reason to complain; the EU27 are simply complying with what his prime minister wants.

But it would also indicate that the UK is on course to crash out of the EU with no deal, no matter what happens – and Parliament is against that.

Constitutional crisis over the autumn, anyone?

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From this showing, ‘Our Next Prime Minister’ will be a worse embarrassment than the last one

“Alternate reality”: Rory Stewart despairs of the BBC’s televised debate between himself and the other Tory leadership candidates. Was it something they said?

What the hell was Emily Maitlis doing, agreeing with Michael Gove that Jeremy Corbyn indulges anti-Semitism when he so obviously does not?

She came out with her extraordinary outburst during the BBC televised Conservative leadership debate, in which Michael Gove responded appallingly to concerns over Islamophobia raised by a Bristolian imam. Here’s that gentleman, explaining himself on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/AbdullahPatel94/status/1141088399241207815

https://twitter.com/AbdullahPatel94/status/1141088403984986113

Yes he did. Here it is – Michael Gove is so proud of his defamatory statement that he turned it into an infographic:

He went on to highlight the moment when Mr Corbyn accused two Zionist activists of failing to understand irony when they disrupted an event at which a Palestinian representative was speaking as an example of the Labour leader’s behaviour. The incident has long since been explained: Mr Corbyn was correctly referring specifically to the two individuals concerned but politically-motivated critics had, in bad faith, reinterpreted his words to claim that he was referring to all Jews. The claim is utterly ludicrous.

And Emily Maitlis – the host – supported Mr Gove! She cut off any further comment, saying: “I’m sure you all do agree.”

Quick reminder: The BBC is under investigation by Ofcom, under suspicion of violating its first duty – impartiality. It seems clear that Ms Maitlis was keen to ensure that Ofcom finds against her employer, all by herself.

Result: Public outrage:

“Her bias was showing,” tweeted ‘Biker Wolfie With Pilllion Daniel Blake.

“And people say BBC news isn’t biased,” added Nick Mapson.

“Really! That is outrageous!” exclaimed Linda Scott.

The only one who came out of that worse than Ms Maitlis was Mr Gove himself:

Mr Gove seems to have a Corbyn fixation. He also said: “Jeremy Corbyn isn’t interested in helping working people; he’s interested in standing up for the Iranian regime,” in a direct reference to the controversy over attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman (The US and the UK foreign office have blamed Iran without concrete evidence and Mr Corbyn has said proof is required).

https://twitter.com/SkyeCitySeries/status/1141085970328096768

If anything good came from that debate, it was Sajid Javid’s apparent securing of agreement from all the candidates that an independent investigation should be held into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

Another question was about what the candidates would do to lift the tax burden on the working classes – and Rory Stewart attracted undue flak, despite being the only person giving a realistic answer.

He said he wasn’t thinking about promises for the next 15 days, but about the next 15 years.

The questioner’s response defies belief:

What a swivel-eyed loon!

Jeremy Hunt shamed himself when he said the Conservatives had cut social care funding too much. The problem with that answer is obvious:

Mr Hunt also came out with a howler when he claimed that the UK was one of the most open and accepting countries for people of other ethnicities than the majority. That simply isn’t true any more, and the reason is divisive rhetoric from the Conservative government that has set racism soaring.

At least he got through the whole hour without hearing his name mispronounced once.

Who came out of it best? Rory Stewart, according to the public.

It’s probably because he responded to the comments of his fellow candidates in the same way as the rest of the viewing public:

Interviewed afterwards, he was questioned on why he took off his tie (and on why his performance was “lacklustre”, which seems to be another example of BBC bias). He replied that he had felt as though he had been drawn into an “alternate reality” and was trying to re-establish a sense of what was genuine:

He wasn’t alone:

Boris Johnson – the front-runner in terms of votes cast by his follow Conservative MPs – was absolutely nowhere. Asked if, as prime minister, he would do the decent thing and call a general election in order to gain a mandate from the public, he said no.

Ms Maitlis pounced: “‘It’s the arrogance’ – that’s what you said when Gordon Brown became prime minister. ‘That’s what gets me. Gordon Brown will now be in 10 Downing Street without a mandate from the British people. No-one elected Gordon Brown as prime minister. Let’s have an election without delay.’ Why does the same not apply this time?”

Mr Johnson replied: “Because he wasn’t taking over in the context of a national political crisis in which we have to get Brexit over the line.”

It doesn’t take a genius to come up with appropriate response to that howler:

https://twitter.com/mattforde/status/1141072808904187905

The final verdict:

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Stewart surge knocks Raab out of Tory leader race – and threatens even Johnson

Sucker punch: Dominic Raab has been knocked out of the Conservative leadership race after Rory Stewart enjoyed a surge that doubled his support among MPs.

Surprise results from the second round of the Conservative Party leadership election show a big leap in support for Rory Stewart.

Mr Stewart, who scraped into the second round of the election in bottom place, has doubled his support, leapfrogging both Dominic Raab and Sajid Javid.

Mr Raab is out now; Mr Javid may be out next time.

Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove will be disappointed; their support base has hardly changed since the first round.

Neither has Boris Johnson’s. And he will have been hoping to dodge having to clash with Mr Stewart in the BBC’s televised debate this evening (June 18).

Mr Stewart will want to ask the race leader whether he has been making contradictory promises to different groups in order to secure their support and Mr Johnson’s response to this and other questions may dictate the result of the contest.

But who will get Dominic Raab’s votes?

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POLL: Does anybody care about all these Tory leadership hopefuls and their druggie pasts?

Andrea Leadsom: She’s the fourth Tory leadership candidate to admit having smoked “weed”.

Can somebody please tell me how having taken drugs in the past makes someone a better candidate to be the leader of the Conservative Party – let alone prime minister?

Jeremy Hunt was the first; he admitted taking a cannabis lassi (it’s a kind of drink made in India).

Then Rory Stewart said he took opium at a wedding in Iran, prompting speculation in some quarters that he was pre-empting a revelation – possibly by a rival.

And then the floodgates opened.

Boris Johnson took cocaine and cannabis at college. Can anybody say they’re surprised?

Dominic Raab has had cannabis, and so has Andrea Leadsom.

And Michael Gove took cocaine. In his confession, he went on at length about the drug’s harmful effects (“drugs damage lives”) and about his feelings on the subject now (“it is something I deeply regret”). This caused more rancour than the straight confessions of the others.

Green MP Caroline Lucas said it was “rank hypocrisy” to admit to “mistakes” while “backing policies that perpetuate harm”.

Crispin Blunt, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group for drug policy reform, said: “Michael has delivered a politically-crafted and deeply unconvincing hand-wringing statement of regret for committing a victimless crime. He should have used the opportunity to join a vital and urgent policy debate.”

Ex-Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron pointed out that all six “continue to back policies that send less fortunate folk to prison for the same thing. It’s disgusting”.

And current Lib Dem leadership hopeful Ed Davey observed: “They might all be historical confessions but the way this Tory leadership is going it’s like they’re all off their heads.”

That certainly appears to be the conclusion of the satirists, who have been having great fun concocting fictional pasts for other MPs. I particularly enjoyed the idea of Jacob Rees-Mogg having used camphorated tincture of laudanum with his nanny in 1899.

And apparently Larry the Downing Street Cat has admitted a continuing fondness for catnip. Well, why not?

In the interests of full disclosure, This Writer is happy to admit a long history of substance abuse including cocktails of diesel, metal polish and (when I can get it) Uranium-239. We journalists run on heavy fuel!

But there is a serious question here.

The issue of illegal drugs has been a major political football for decades. Remember the “war on drugs”? The lives of millions of people have been affected – many ruined – by organised drug-pushers; Michael Gove wasn’t wrong about that. And many people have been punished – sometimes jailed – simply for possession of certain substances.

And the hypocrisy of the mass media should also be taken into account. Remember the thunderous furore after Diane Abbott drank a mojito on a train? In comparison, we get hardly a whimper after people who may become prime minister confessed to serious historical crimes.

Against this background, it is right to question the attitude of these confessors. Let’s have a poll:

Source: Tory leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom becomes 6th candidate to admit drugs past – Mirror Online

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Typical: After the Extinction Rebellion protests, Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader who listened

“Tell the truth”: The ‘pink boat’ at Oxford Circus became a symbol of the Extinction Rebellion protest.

It turns out Michael Gove didn’t “get the message” after all.

The nation’s Environment Secretary has done nothing to respond to the environmental catastrophe highlighted by the Extinction Rebellion protests in London over the last two weeks.

Instead it has fallen to Jeremy Corbyn – much-maligned by dimwits – to bring the matter to Parliament for a vote.

I was talking about this issue with a friend last week, and he said that people here in the United Kingdom think they are insulated from climate crisis – that we live in a society that is well-enough ordered that it can survive an emergency. That they didn’t “get the message” either.

Because if the climate emergency goes much further, supplies of food will break down. Crops will fail; even more animals will die (half of the world’s species have already gone, within This Writer’s lifetime).

Even here in the UK, my friend said, people will be fighting each other on the streets for the last precious morsels of food.

That’s if this goes too far.

The message to humanity is simple: Change or die.

But people like Mr Gove, and the big business interests he prefers to represent instead of the people who elected him, still need to “get the message”.

Perhaps it is time to put the “rebellion” into the name of Extinction Rebellion.

Perhaps it is time to make a list of the people who are perpetuating the climate catastrophe; the people responsible for the planet’s sixth extinction event (which is what we’re going through right now). They are the worst mass-murderers in history so we really do need to record their names in our history books.

And perhaps it is time to put them up against a wall and put the message to them in the bluntest, most immediate terms: “Change or die.”

I know. It’s an unusual comment for This Writer. Usually I am the strongest advocate of peaceful methods. But “Change or die” – right?

Perhaps we could start with Mr Gove.

Labour will force a vote on Wednesday to try to make the UK the world’s first country to declare a climate emergency.

Senior party figures confirmed they will use their opposition day in the Commons to move the environment to the top of the agenda.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Extinction Rebellion protests in London and other cities, in which 1,100 were arrested, had been a “wake up call” and he would urge the Government to act.

He said: “Only concerted government intervention through a Green Industrial Revolution can deliver this scale of change. We can and will harness the power of new technologies for social and environmental justice.”

Extra: Here are a few more names to add to the list – the leaders of the company that has been given oil-drilling rights in the Golan Heights by Israel, which has been illegally occupying this part of Syria for decades.

Here they are:

That’s Genie Energy: Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, James Woolsey, Bill Richardson, Larry Summers, Michael Steinhardt and Jacob Rothschild.

Hmm. A Rothschild – the name that has become synonymous with the anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews being in control of the world’s money, or some such nonsense.

Do you think he’s on that board so its critics can be accused of anti-Semitism?

Source: Labour wants UK to be first country in the world to declare climate emergency – Mirror Online


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Javid and other MPs opposing Extinction Rebellion protests are on the wrong side of history

It seems perfectly clear to me. All the Tory government has to do to end the Extinction Rebellion protests is take action to halt the planetary harm that causes climate change.

Face it: the disruption to the lives of Londoners that is happening at the moment is tiny, compared to the disruption that will happen to everybody – and I mean everybody – if oblivious fat cat industrialists aren’t forced to stop thinking about their profits and start thinking about the planet.

Instead, Sajid Javid has said he wants police to use the “full force of the law” to stop the protests across the UK’s capital.

Why? Is that going to end the threat of climate change, then? Does he think if we can’t see anybody protesting about it, the problem will go away?

What about Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who said, “We’ve got the message”? Has he? What is he doing about it, then?

Nothing.

What about Claire “Bag of Air” Perry, the energy and climate change minister, who said she could not see that “disrupting one of world’s busiest transport systems … blocking emergency routes and making life difficult for so many is going to build consensus and support for the changes we need”? What legislation has she put forward to ensure those changes happen?

None.

Emma Thompson has the right idea.

The movie actress has flown back to London from Hollywood to become an Extinction Rebellion protester herself.

She made a short video to explain her reasons:

And she’s absolutely right; there is no ‘Planet B’ for us if a few greedy rich people ruin this one.

She’s got the message – it’s Michael Gove who hasn’t, even though he’ll say it until he’s blue in the face (not much change there, then).

Here’s another person who’s got the message – Jonathan Pie:

Again, he targeted Michael Gove. Rightly.

If Gove had got the message, he would have swung Tory policy into reverse and actually started making a difference today – and never mind the fact that it’s right in the middle of the Easter holidays; I don’t think the sixth mass extinction event respects UK government timetables.

But he hasn’t got the message. He’s sitting on his thumbs somewhere, dreaming about being the next useless Tory prime minister.

And Sajid Javid’s “full force of the law”?

In case he hasn’t noticed, the “full force of the law” is a lot less forceful than it was when his leaderene Theresa May took over as Home Secretary in 2010.

If he throws the “full force” of a few hundred tired and demoralised Met police officers at a few thousands protesters, he’ll only make everybody angry – especially when the pictures get shown on TV (or more likely, on the social media).

And then there’ll be a few thousand more protesters for him to handle.

How many will it take before he – and the rest of them – finally realise they’re not going to win, and that it’s better all round to help?

Source: Sajid Javid calls for ‘full force of law’ against Extinction Rebellion protesters | Environment | The Guardian


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Cabinet bid to oust May could put Gove in charge. Satirists have already moved in

Tim Shipman of The Sunday Times reckons the Conservative cabinet has launched a coup against Theresa May, claiming that she has lost all credibility since her statement last week, trying to blame other MPs for the failure of her Brexit deal and the consequent delay in the UK’s departure from the EU.

He added:

Trouble is, the Conservatives already shot their bolt; they cannot launch an in-party campaign to remove her because she won a vote of “no confidence” last December. Conservatives must until at least a year after that vote before they can remove her again.

She could be encouraged to leave of her own free will – but it seems her husband Philip has advised her against that:

Then there’s the question of who should succeed Mrs May, even as interim leader.

David Lidington?

David Lidington?

David Lidington?

All right. Who else, then?

Now you can see the relevance of the image at the top of this article.

The situation is a satirist’s dream.


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Santa told Michael Gove he WON’T get the present he wanted – but we knew that after Theresa May’s confidence vote

Leaver: This is why Michael Gove upset Santa.

A bell-ringing Santa Claus told Michael Gove he won’t get any presents this year – but we all know he won’t get the gift he wanted after Theresa May won the ‘confidence’ vote triggered against her last week.

The bad news is, Mr Gove isn’t even getting a lump of coal.

Mad Santa heckled Mr Gove as he tried to enter Parliament, saying, “No presents for you, Mr Gove!” He also said the Environment Secretary was a “very naughty boy”.

It turns out that Santa is a Remainer. Personally, I didn’t know Lapland was a member of the EU and Brexit would harm Santa’s situation so much – but now we all know. And we can understand why he would despise Mr Gove, a Brexiter.

Of course, what Mr Gove really wanted for Christmas was a chance to take over from Theresa May as Prime Minister – remember the way he backstabbed Boris Johnson in 2016?

Sadly – for him – she won the vote (although sadly – for her – she didn’t win by a big enough margin, her party is utterly divided and her Brexit plan is ruined).

So everybody’s a loser.

Here’s the video clip. Enjoy the sign that says, “Brexit: A ho ho hopeless mess!”

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Gove rejects Brexit secretary job – so when will he resign from the Cabinet?

Michael: His new favourite song should be ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Gove?’

It’s being reported that Michael Gove was offered a job as Brexit Secretary but turned it down after being told he wouldn’t be able to renegotiate the Brexit agreement between Mrs May and the EU.

It follows that he can’t support the deal, but unlike former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Esther McVey – Esther McVey, for crying out loud! – he hasn’t had the guts to resign yet.

Do you think he ever will?

Of course, this means Mrs May needs to find someone else:

In other news…

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