As in the magician producing a rabbit from a hat, after all those months of negotiations Theresa May announced she has the text of a deal with the EU on Britain’s departure from the European Union. She would be calling her cabinet in for a series of one-on-one meetings, and then the deal would proceed to Parliament. But there were some who knew, without bothering to read that text, that this was A Very Bad Thing indeed.
An absolute Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
The DUP said No, but then the DUP always says No. Saying No is what defines the DUP. Sadiq Khan wasn’t impressed. David Davis said he’d told us so, and headed off to the nearest watering hole. Nicola Sturgeon suggested this was a way to get “better options” considered, which meant getting Scottish independence back on the table. But the star turn was London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Bozza had not been party to the negotiation, so it was all rubbish. “This has been ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ for some months. We are going to stay in the customs union, we are going to stay in large parts of the single market. It’s vassal state stuff as for the first time in 1,000 years this parliament will not have a say over the laws that govern this country. It is utterly unacceptable to anybody who believes in democracy”.
Yikes chaps! And he just had to put the boot in on the Irish. “For the first time since partition, Dublin would have more say in some aspects of the governing of Northern Ireland than London. So I don’t see how you can support from a democratic point of view”. Bozza, for some reason, had forgotten the Good Friday Agreement (again).
So let’s pick the bones out of that one, and show how Bozza is once more all wind and piss, a busted flush, and a shameless liar of the lowest order.
One, the SOB had not even read the text. HE HADN’T READ IT.
Two, “for the first time in 1,000 years, this Parliament”. Ri-i-i-i-ight. We have not had a Parliament for 1,000 years. In 1018, there was no UK, no Great Britain, and England was ruled not by Parliament, but by a Danish King called Cnut, which sounds not unrelated to what many people say when discussing Boris Johnson.
Three, following on from Boris the Cnut, the UK as now constituted (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) has existed for less than 100 years. Even if you start from the Act Of Union in 1707, you do not get one third of the way to “1,000 years”.
Four, “for the first time [my emphasis] … this Parliament will not have a say over the laws that govern this country”. That means we DID have a say over the laws that govern this country for those 45 years during which we have been a member state of the EEC, then EC, and now the EU. Putting Bozza in one of those Very Difficult Positions.
Five, the whole pretext under which he and his fellow Brexiteers advocated leaving the EU was that we wanted to take back control. Their referendum USP was that we did not have control over making our own laws. Now he says we did.
Boris Johnson is a liar, the worst Foreign Secretary in living memory, the worst-yet Mayor of London, a shyster, a spiv, a bully, a thug, an unfeasibly vain mound of blubber unable to engage brain before mouth, and indeed unable to keep his trousers zipped up. Yet his is the voice the media seeks out on occasions such as these.
That speaks volumes to press and broadcaster deference to the Old School Establishment. It explains why they will swarm around creeps like Bozza rather than listen to the Labour leadership. It explains how the media gets clogged up with the outpourings of the loud yet intellectually bankrupt at the expense of all others.
And it explains why the country is so utterly and totally screwed.
Enjoy your visit to Zelo Street? You can help this truly independent blog carry on talking truth to power, while retaining its sense of humour, by adding to its Just Giving page at