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Constitutional crisis fear over ‘no deal’ Brexit

Boris Johnson: He has been accused of acting like a dictator.

Boris Johnson is being accused of provoking a constitutional crisis in the UK by threatening to act like a Stuart king of 320 years ago rather than a modern representative of the people.

Didn’t I suggest this would happen?

The claim is that he will try to ignore the will of Parliament if MPs make it clear that they will not accept a ‘no deal’ Brexit and try to enforce their decision with a vote of ‘no confidence’ in BoJob and his government.

But Mr Johnson’s most senior advisor, Dominic Cummings, has reportedly said that the prime minister would respond by calling a general election for November, ensuring that Parliament will not be sitting on October 31 and will have to allow the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal as to what happens after.

In essence, he would declare that if the current Parliament won’t support him, he’ll simply arrange to have a new one.

BoJob was accused of behaving like Charles I, the Stuart king who asserted his divine right to rule in the face of Parliamentary opposition – and lost his head as a result, after the Civil War.

Would Boris Johnson risk another civil war, or at least severe civil unrest, over Brexit? Yes – This Writer believes he would.

He sees a profit for himself, in the same way Crispin Odey does, who invested £300 million in betting on major UK firms crashing on the stock market after a Johnson ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Nobody else matters to Mr Johnson. He will use every means at his disposal to suppress anyone who tries to stymie his ambition.

Source: Brexit: UK faces ‘full blown constitutional crisis’ if no deal forced through | The Independent

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Peers’ vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Corbyn called off | The SKWAWKBOX

Anti-Semitic: Lady Hayter.

It seems more level heads have prevailed over those Labour peers in the House of Lords who thought it would be a good idea to hold a vote of no confidence (VONC) in Jeremy Corbyn.

Perhaps the peers who advocated the vote have realised that, with 179 Labour representatives in the Upper Chamber, they might not get the result they wanted.

According to Skwawkbox, it seems a vote in support of sacked peer Dianne Hayter may still take place.

This still seems off-colour. Lady Hayter compared Mr Corbyn’s leadership to the “bunker mentality” in the “last days of Hitler”.

A Labour spokesperson rightly responded that this was “grossly insensitive to Jewish staff in particular.”

Indeed. Some would call it anti-Semitic.

It seems entirely likely that the VONC was called off because of this double-standard – that peers would be claiming anti-Semitism against Mr Corbyn by supporting an anti-Semitic statement by one of their own.

So how can they be still contemplating a debate and vote in her support?

Source: Peers’ no-confidence vote called off | The SKWAWKBOX

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While we were blithering about Brexit, the Tories were punishing the poor – AGAIN

Tory attempts at sleight-of-hand really are astonishing.

We’ve just had two days in which all attention has been concentrated on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the so-called “meaningful vote” on it, and the vote of “no confidence” in the Conservative government that arose from that.

But the mechanism of government has been working as usual in the background, and a few announcements were allowed to slip out quietly while we were looking the other way. It seems while we’ve been worrying about how Mrs May’s Brexit will affect everybody in the UK, her government has been picking on the poor – as usual:

  • The time at which couples of mixed ages transition onto the state pension has been changed so that, where previously it happened when the older partner reaches state pension age, from May 15 this year it will happen when the younger partner reaches pensionable age. Age UK has described this as a “substantial stealth cut” that could cost some couples £7,000 a year.
  • It was revealed that childcare workers have suffered a real-terms pay cut of five per cent since 2013, and now receive around 40 per cent less than the average female worker. Almost half of childcare workers claim state benefits or tax credits.
  • And, of course, those who are claiming benefits might have trouble finding their local job centre as the DWP may have shut it down. Employment Minister Alok Sharma was recently slated for telling Labour’s Angela Eagle to visit her local job centre when it had been closed by his department.

Meanwhile the death count due to Tory benefits incompetence continues to rise, with the DWP releasing figures showing 21,000 claimants of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have died while waiting to be assessed.

Despite these fatalities, a report by the Office For Budget Responsibility has revealed that instead of cutting the cost of disability benefits by 20 per cent – as the DWP claimed – PIP has increased costs by 15-20 per cent.

While the Conservative government has been attacking the poor, and especially those on benefits, with nearly nine years of cuts, of which the above are merely the latest – coupled with a propaganda campaign tarring claimants as “skivers”, “work-shy” and “scroungers”, research has shown that Westminster’s policy – of squeezing benefits to force people into any job available – is completely wrong; it is in countries that have a generous benefit system that a culture of strivers flourishes and people in those countries are more likely to look for work and less likely to be dependent on benefits.

But then, we only have the Conservatives’ word that they are trying to “encourage” people into work with their policies.

From what we’ve seen, it’s far more likely they are trying to encourage people into the grave instead.

There’s a way out of May’s Brexit hell – but are the Tories smart enough to spot it?

Lost in Brexit hell: The best thing the Conservative Party can do for Theresa May is (metaphorically) stab her in the back.

It was a historic defeat – perhaps the heaviest ever suffered by a sitting government.

Everyone reading this should know the story: Theresa May lost the “meaningful vote” on her meaningless Brexit deal by a staggering 230 votes.

Enjoy it while you can, because it’s not the end of the matter.

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a vote of “no confidence” (VONC). But there’s no guarantee that Parliament will support it. The DUP has said it will support Mrs May’s government, despite voting against her deal, and every single Conservative will want their government to stay in office.

Even if he loses, the Conservatives will have 14 days to come up with a viable alternative to Mrs May’s government – and, again, they might manage it.

But here’s the big question: Do they really want to?

Mrs May intends to have talks with members of her own party who rebelled, and with the DUP, hoping to tweak her deal in a way that will allow these Parliamentarians to support it. That’s a hopeless exercise because those who voted against her did so for wildly varying reasons, but she’ll put them through it anyway.

We know that 118 Conservatives voted her deal down because they think it is no good, and there’s no reason to believe that anything she does now can make it better.

So those MPs face the prospect of being part of a government that forces a deal onto the nation that actually harms it. Maybe they’re relaxed about that – but will they be as relaxed about what it could do to their prospects of re-election?

The only alternative, according to Mrs May, is “no deal”. A significant number of the 198 Conservatives who supported her in the “meaningful vote” did so in order to prevent a “no deal” Brexit. They think that could harm the nation. Will they really want to support Mrs May, knowing what that could do to their prospects of re-election?

Whatever version of Brexit Mrs May leads us into, the prospects for the UK are not good. That’s according to economic experts. All Conservative MPs are aware of this and they know that, if people suffer as a result of their decisions now, they will take the blame later.

And if the effect is so bad that they end up getting voted out of power, they may not get a chance to form a government again for a generation.

So if they support Mrs May in the VONC, and in any version of her Brexit deal that may come later, they will be trading short-term security for long-term obscurity. No politician wants that.

But there is an alternative: Support the vote of “no confidence” and allow Jeremy Corbyn to form a government.

Conservatives have spent months telling us Mr Corbyn doesn’t have a strategy for Brexit; this is their chance to prove this claim is true.

Whether it is or isn’t, Labour will be saddled with the task of delivering Brexit – by March 29; an impossible task, it seems.

Even if Mr Corbyn succeeds in getting the deadline extended, it cannot go back very far as there are elections to the European Parliament at the end of May.

It seems unlikely that Labour will manage to forge a new deal, that actually helps the people of the UK, before then. That’s what we’ve been told, right?

So if the Conservatives let Labour form a government, they can watch that party take the blame for a failed Brexit – and they’ll be hailed as the MPs who walked away because they didn’t want to inflict it on the nation.

Even if Labour works a miracle, the Tories who step back to let it happen will avoid censure and may well be rewarded by the public for their act of self-sacrifice.

So, for the Conservative Party, losing is a win-win situation.

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