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Johnson slammed for linking mental ill-health with violent crime

Mentality: Boris Johnson explains his own dodgy thought processes to a camera in Downing Street.

Boris Johnson take note: People with mental health issues are more likely to be victims of government than perpetrators of crime.

The so-called prime minister was caught running down people who have trouble with their mental health in his first so-called “People’s PMQs” on Facebook yesterday (August 14):

The prime minister has been criticised for broadly linking mental health issues to various kinds of crime across the UK.

Mental health charity Mind, said Boris Johnson should exercise caution in the associating violent crime with mental health problems and pointed out that people who suffer from mental health problems are more likely to be at risk themselves than the other way round.

Mr Johnson was speaking during his first Facebook Live “People’s PMQs”, in which he answered questions from the public.

Karl in Stourbridge apparently asked the prime minister whether he agreed “mental health services are a cornerstone of modern Britain’s health needs”, and what Mr Johnson would do to protect and advance them.

In responding to the question, Mr Johnson said: “I’ve been doing a lot in the last few days about crime, trying to tackle crime, but so many of the problems of crime and youth crime and youth violence and indeed crime of all kinds, are associated with mental health problems.”

Louise Rubin, parliamentary manager at Mind, said: “The vast majority of us experiencing mental health problems are unlikely to ever pose a risk to others. We are far more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators.”

It seems BoJob was giving away far more information about his own mentality than that of anyone with a diagnosed mental health problem.

But let us remember that successive Conservative governments from 2010 onwards have demonised people with long-term illnesses and disabilities – especially mental health issues.

For years, mental health was not considered a useful indicator of illness or disability. People with mental ill-health were told they did not have a problem and denied benefits.

On the streets they were vilified as “shirkers”, “skivers” or “scroungers” – we all know the language by now.

Many were driven to their deaths – either by being unable to afford life’s basics or via suicide.

And the Department for Work and Pensions – a government organisation working for Mr Johnson – consistently denies any responsibility for these deaths.

It is in this context that we should consider Boris Johnson’s words.

Then we should tell him: If he wants to find someone whose mental attitude has caused harm to other people, all he has to do is look in a mirror.

Source: Boris Johnson criticised by charity for linking mental health with violent crime | The Independent

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‘Terrible collaboration’ speech: Johnson flashes his fascist credentials

Hitler comparison: It seems more and more people are coming to terrifying conclusions about Mr Johnson.

One of the 14 warning signs of fascism is the identification of enemies as a unifying cause.

It’s third on the list in this article, if you need to refresh your memory.

Now watch the first minute or so of Boris Johnson’s “People’s PMQs”:

“There’s a terrible kind of collaboration as it were going on between people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends, and our European friends are not moving.

“We need our European friends to compromise and the more they think that there’s a chance that Brexit can be blocked in Parliament, the more adamant they are in sticking to their position.”

He was falsely claiming that his viewers – you and I – are on his side and MPs who want to prevent a “no deal” Brexit have teamed up with “our European friends” (as he calls them) against us.

That’s the identification of enemies as a unifying cause, right there.

One of the “people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament” – if it’s Mr Johnson’s “no-deal” Brexit – would be Philip Hammond.

He said, earlier, that BoJob was setting the “bar” for negotiations too high by demanding that the so-called Northern Irish border backstop be dropped from the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU.

He said it was “effectively a wrecking tactic and the people behind this know that that means there will be no-deal”.

Such a move would be “just as much of a betrayal as not leaving at all”.

The Mirror quoted a “government source” who claimed Mr Hammond had done “everything he could to block preparations for leaving and undermined negotiations” when Chancellor.

“We are leaving on October 31 and we will be ready to do so despite the former chancellor’s best efforts to the contrary.”

That’s the identification of enemies as a unifying cause.

One person who has yet to be identified as an enemy by the Johnson camp is Commons Speaker John Bercow – although how long that continues is a matter for speculation.

Mr Bercow has made it clear that he will resist efforts by BoJob to prorogue Parliament in order to ensure it is not sitting prior to Brexit – thus ensuring that the UK leaves with no deal.

He told the Edinburgh Festival fringe he “strongly” believes the Commons “must have its way”.

“If there is an attempt to circumvent, to bypass or – God forbid – to close down Parliament, that is anathema to me,” he said.

“I will fight with every breath in my body to stop that happening. We cannot have a situation in which parliament is shut down — we are a democratic society.”

So Mr Bercow is drawing lines too – between democracy and Boris Johnson.

I’m not saying BoJob is a fascist. But he’s showing a lot of the warning signs.

How many more will we see?

Source: Johnson accuses MPs and EU of ‘terrible collaboration’ over Brexit | Politics | The Guardian

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