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As Boris Johnson tenders his resignation as PM, watch this short film about his failure

Boris Johnson: could this be the last time Vox Political uses this image to signify Boris Johnson’s contempt for us all?

This Writer was going to put together a video compilation of Boris Johnson’s prime ministerial career – but Led By Donkeys has done it already.

I would query whether it is wise to have said that Johnson repeatedly lied about whether lockdown rules were broken at the now-infamous Downing Street parties, as this is something that is currently being determined in an inquiry by the Commons Privileges Committee.

Other than that, with so many of his blunders and corruptions linked together in this short film, it’s a shocking revelation of what can happen when an unprincipled thug is given ultimate power in the UK by a deceived electorate.

Here’s the clip:

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Responses to Liz Truss as prime minister: from the sublime to flat-out trolling [VIDEO] [EXTREME LANGUAGE]

Liz Truss: being prime minister is a big job – but she looks smaller than the podium where she accepted it.

Reactions to the election of Liz Truss as the Conservative prime minister are rolling in – and they appear universally negative (although sometimes you have to read/listen between the lines.

Admittedly, the first clip is from before the result was announced: Joe Lycett’s appearance on former BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg’s new Sunday morning show.

It’s summed up nicely by Maximilien Robespierre here:

Mr Lycett then turned up on Times Radio to explain the meaning of his outburst (presumably for the hard-of-thinking, so he was in exactly the right place):

Following her election, Russell Kane’s comment will be hard to beat. Brace yourself, though, because the language on display here isn’t just near the knuckle; it’s knuckle-shredding:

Among politicians, the Labour Party’s response has focused on Truss’s attitude to working people – and it’s not good:

This seems supported by Truss’s apparent keenness to support the rich. Her solution to the cost of living crisis is not to help the people who are actually facing serious difficulty, but to give huge amounts of money to those who are already extremely rich! This is from Robespierre again:

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said if Truss governs in the same way she has campaigned, she’ll be a disaster for the United Kingdom. Here’s more analysis from Robespierre:

You can see how this has been going.

Fortunately, James O’Brien has a reason for it – he thinks Liz Truss is an android:

Possibly the nastiest comment on Liz Truss becoming prime minister relates to Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has announced that she is quitting, and going to the backbenches, before Truss sacks her anyway.

Patel insisted that leaving government was “her choice” – but it’s clear that she’s leaving ahead of Truss’s boot.

Nevertheless, Patel demanded that Truss must back “all aspects” of the policies she had put in place on illegal migration – which makes no sense at all; if Truss wanted rid of Patel then it’s because she doesn’t like Patel’s work – right?

Well, that would be the case normally. But it could just be that Truss doesn’t like Patel. So the nasty comment could refer to either Patel or Truss herself, for potentially putting personal distaste over professional respect.

(Even though Patel doesn’t deserve any respect at all.)

All in all – well, you can draw your own conclusions, can’t you?

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Liz Truss will be the UK’s new prime minister. Good luck, everybody!

Triumph for her – tragedy for us: Liz Truss.

Well, that’s that, then. The UK is doomed.

Liz Truss is the new leader of the Conservative Party – and prime minister of the country.

Tory members have replaced a liar with a fool. Prepare for a barrage of daft policy announcements – with nothing for you.

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What was the object Boris Johnson had in his ear during Prime Minister’s Questions?

The offending article: it isn’t a shadow – it’s a device. Was somebody feeding Boris Johnson answers via this earphone [Image from the eagle-eyed Skwawkbox]?

Was Boris Johnson wearing an earphone in his right ear during Prime Minister’s Questions today (June 3)?

If so, who was on the other end and what were they saying to him?

Mechanical aids are forbidden to the PM when he is taking his questions from other members of Parliament. He is expected to be fully briefed before he enters the Commons Chamber – not while proceedings are taking place.

The people of the UK should certainly expect the Speaker’s Office to carry out an investigation into the nature of the device and the purpose to which it was put.

If Johnson needed help, then it shows he isn’t even capable of carrying out the most basic duties of a prime minister.

In that case, it will be time for a vote of ‘no confidence’.

Source: Breaking: Johnson caught using ‘earpiece’ in PMQs – SKWAWKBOX

UPDATE: Skwawkbox is now showing video evidence which suggests Johnson was not wearing a device in his ear. It seems the appearance of a dark object in his right ear, in the image above, is only indicative of the void between it and his left ear after all. But what do you think?

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Criminal evidence on Vote Leave handed to CPS. Will Boris Johnson go to Number 10 – or jail?

How can Boris Johnson show his face on the election trail when he may face criminal charges as part of the Vote Leave campaign?

That is the big question. Some may deny it – but they’ll be the ones who say Labour is a disgrace for being investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission over trumped-up allegations of anti-Semitism. Hypocrisy?

It is true that Mr Johnson will be among those implicated in the criminal evidence that has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service by the Metropolitan Police after a 16-month investigation.

Vote Leave has denied any wrongdoing but the formal referral by the police means they are seeking advice on how to build the case against that organisation, and where they need further evidence to advance the prospect of charges being brought.

In practise, this means any actual prosecution is still a long way away.

But the timing could not be worse for Mr Johnson.

It links his – and chief adviser Dominic Cummings – to possible criminal charges at a time when he is trying to pretend he is trustworthy enough to lead the United Kingdom.

And of course, this is also a time when he has failed to achieve Brexit on the date he said he would.

Worse still, it comes after the Met dropped an investigation into rival Leave campaign Leave.EU, fronted by Arron Banks, due to a lack of evidence. The fact that an investigation against Mr Johnson’s team is still ongoing is even more damning in contrast with that.

Most damning of all is the fact that Mr Johnson is trying to fight a Brexit election based on a campaign won through potentially criminal activity. He is harming the integrity of the electoral system by continuing to stand as a candidate.

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Now Johnson risks contempt of Parliament by refusing to release prorogation communications

Boris Johnson: If we had to judge a man by his gestures, this would give us an accurate understanding of his opinion of us.

Boris Johnson’s government is refusing to publish details of communications between Boris Johnson’s aides about the suspension of Parliament.

MPs voted for their release earlier this week, amid concerns that Mr Johnson misled the Queen to induce her to prorogue Parliament, and that the decision to call for prorogation was made earlier than he had claimed.

We already heard earlier today (September 11) that the prorogation was unlawful – although the Tory government is to challenge that ruling in the Supreme Court next week.

I mentioned reasons this was important in tweets earlier today (September 11):

This information came from Scottish solicitor Clive Wismayer, before you start thinking I’ve developed a rudimentary form of intelligence.

According to the BBC:

Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the information sought by MPs was “unreasonable and disproportionate”.

It would breach the rights of the nine advisers concerned, including Boris Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings.

To do so, he added, would “contravene the law” and “offend against basic principles of fairness”.

But does it?

You see, when there’s a possibility that these people have been involved in a huge offence against democracy, one has to wonder whether these people are the ones trying to “contravene the law” and “offend against basic principles of fairness”.

In such circumstances, I’m not particularly bothered about breaching the rights of the nine advisers concerned, and I think it should be up to the courts to decide if the information sought was “unreasonable and disproportionate” – in the light of the information that their documents divulge.

The refusal to provide the information, in the face of Parliament’s expressed demand, seems the most suspicious act possible.

And as it is a direct refusal to honour the wishes of Parliament, it seems Boris Johnson is content to add contempt of Parliament to the six defeats heaped on him between the moment Parliament re-convened on September 3 and the moment it was unlawfully (as matters stand at the time of writing) prorogued.

He – and all his advisers – could be in serious trouble here.

Source: Parliament suspension: Government refuses to publish No 10 communications – BBC News

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Still think the Queen had no choice but to prorogue Parliament? Think again!

The Queen: It seems she has failed to do her duty in the most unacceptable way.

Craig Murray’s aim is not the same as mine in this – he’s after Scottish Independence and I think the countries of the UK are still better together – but he makes excellent points in his article (link below).

He says the Queen was wrong to appoint Boris Johnson as prime minister because her duty is to appoint whoever can demonstrated that they have the support of the Commons – and he has not done so.

Now, in proroguing Parliament for him, she is offering him the chance to delay the moment when we find out he can’t muster up that support.

This is because his flagship policy is “no deal” Brexit – and Parliament has rejected this policy, time and time again.

The course of the Queen’s actions suggests a specific plan – one which puts her in an extremely questionable position.

The Queen has appointed a Prime Minister who does not have the support of the House of Commons and then has conspired to prevent the House of Commons from obstructing her Prime Minister. That is not the action of a politically neutral monarchy.

Whatever happens in the future, this should end the role of the monarchy as it is currently described.

Source: The Queen’s Active Role in the Right Wing Coup – Craig Murray

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May bids farewell – can’t she just clear off?

Theresa May: Good riddance.

Don’t you hate all this false reverence toward someone who has been a complete failure.

Theresa May has wasted three years of our lives. Can’t she just go?

That’s really all I have to say about her. I don’t expect to have to write anything more about her and certainly won’t report on her farewell speech.

The best we can expect from that is that she manages to get through it without choking.

Theresa May has faced MPs’ questions for the final time before Boris Johnson becomes prime minister.

Later, she will deliver a farewell speech in Downing Street before Mr Johnson takes power.

Source: Boris Johnson: May bidding farewell before new PM takes office – BBC News

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Will Tory MPs still vote for Boris Johnson after he was named a racist in Prime Minister’s Questions?

You bet they will!

That’s right, isn’t it, Tory MPs? You all heard Ian Blackford – correctly – reminding Theresa May that Boris Johnson published a poem stating that the Scottish people are a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated.

Mr Blackford continued: “Well, of course, words matter and actions matter. The Prime Minister thought that the man who published those words in his magazine was fit for the office of our top diplomat, and he has not stopped there. He has said that Scots should be banned from being Prime Minister—banned from being Prime Minister, Mr Speaker—and that £1 spent in Croydon was worth more than £1 spend in Strathclyde. This is a man who is not fit for office. It has been said, “The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.” This is a time of challenge, so does the Prime Minister realise that not only is the Member racist, but he is stoking division in communities and has a record of dishonesty?

“He has called Muslim women “letter boxes”, described African people as having “watermelon smiles” and another disgusting slur that I would never dignify by repeating. If that is not racist, I do not know what is. Does the Prime Minister honestly believe that this man is fit for the office of Prime Minister?”

All of the factual information in his questions was accurate.

And although Mr Blackford was accused of using un-Parliamentary language, Commons Speaker John Bercow restricted himself to saying Mr Blackford should have notified Mr Johnson of his intention to make this accusation in advance (he said he had). Later, in response to a point of order, Mr Bercow added: “I think it would be wise for colleagues to bear in mind the general principle that one does not impute dishonour to another Member. That is the first point.

“I think it would be appropriate, in the remaining weeks before the summer recess and before a new leader of the governing party takes office, to have some regard to that for which the Prime Minister is responsible. She is responsible for her own policies and for the conduct of her Government and their administration of their affairs, and it is important that questions should be put with that overarching consideration and ambit of responsibility in mind.”

These are all fair points, with regard to Parliamentary procedure. But the question had been asked – in front of packed Conservative benches – and Theresa May could only answer that “I believe that any future Conservative Prime Minister will be better for Scotland than the Scottish Nationalist Party”.

So, if Mr Johnson does become prime minister, his racism has already won endorsement from his immediate forerunner.

And what about all those Conservatives who heard the question and were then called to vote in the third round of their party’s leader election? More than one-third of these MPs voted for Mr Johnson yesterday (June 18), but could reasonably have excused themselves from any accusation of endorsing racism by saying they did not know about Mr Johnson’s actions.

Today they will have no such excuse.

So, if Mr Johnson wins as many votes in the third round, anyone wishing to accuse a Conservative MP of endorsing racism will have at least a one-in-three chance of being right. It wouldn’t be more accurate because it is, of course, a secret ballot.

But the more votes Mr Johnson gets, the more likely a Conservative MP is to be tarred as a supporter of racism and racist comments.

So the results – when they are announced – should make interesting reading!

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How could Boris Johnson lead the Tory Party – or the country – from inside a jail cell?

Boris Johnson: His bags are packed but it’s too late to do a runner. He must appear in court to answer charges.

Boris Johnson’s prime ministerial ambition could soon be in tatters after he was told he will face trial for misconduct in public office over claims he made during the run-up to the EU membership referendum.

Mr Johnson supported the much-publicised claim – on the side of the so-called “Brexit bus” – that the UK sends £350m to the EU every week and the money could be better-used to pay for the NHS instead.

In fact, the UK does not send anything like as much money to the EU – and when the country decouples from the European bloc, the money it does send will need to be used to shore up the economy, which is already taking a battering.

If he is found guilty of the offences (there are three listed), then Mr Johnson may face six months’ imprisonment.

This may seriously harm his career plans. He is currently front-runner in the Conservative Party leadership race – but it would be hard for him to be Tory leader, let alone prime minister, from a jail cell. They don’t let you do it.

As far as I can tell, Mr Johnson’s lawyers are saying the court case is a “political stunt” – an attempt to use criminal law to regulate the quality of political debate.

That seems a very sticky wicket on which to go into bat.

We know that MPs lie.

Why not make it a criminal offence to do so?

Boris Johnson is to be summoned to court to face accusations of misconduct in public office over comments made in the run-up to the EU referendum, a judge has ruled.

The ruling follows a crowdfunded move to launch a private prosecution of the MP, who is currently the frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest.

Johnson lied and engaged in criminal conduct when he repeatedly claimed during the 2016 EU referendum that the UK sent £350m a week to Brussels, lawyers for a 29-year-old businessman who has launched the prosecution bid told a court last week.

Source: Boris Johnson to appear in court over Brexit misconduct claims | Politics | The Guardian

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