The Government’s worst kept secret - it was splashed all over the front page of last Sunday’s Observer - has now been made public: Bozo The Clown and his entourage have decided to request the proroguing of Parliament on September 10, the excuse being that this is normal procedure before a Queen’s Speech on October 14, which would herald lots of jolly wonderful new legislation. And a singularly lame excuse it is.
A total Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
There is only one objective in the manoeuvre dreamt up by amateur human being and professional polecat Dominic Cummings, and that is to frustrate any attempt to head off the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. Thus emboldened, only Bozo can save the country and the Union. In his and Cummings’ minds, this will focus EU minds and they will scurry back to the negotiating table to do a deal without that hated Irish backstop.
One problem, however, exists with this hokum: the EU is a rules based organisation, and the idea it will abandon those rules just to please Bozo The Clown and Polecat Dom is for the birds. EU heads of Government will decline to be picked off by the Brits, Ireland will stand firm, and if Bozo wants to drive his bus off the cliff, they won’t run to stop him.
So far, so predictable, but what can be done to prevent another act of national self-harm, on the back of all the other acts of national self-harm? One thing we cannot count on is honesty, as the BBC’s Iain Watson has noted. “This is the precise wording Downing St gave me in response to the Observer story this weekend on suspending parliament re: [Brexit] ‘the claim that the govt is considering proroguing parliament in Sept in order to stop MPs debating Brexit is entirely false.’” It was entirely true.
Another thing that cannot be counted on is any form of cooperation from those in the Bozo bunker, as Sebastian Payne of the FT has discovered. “No.10 threatening an election … ‘If MPs pass a no confidence vote next week then we won’t resign. We won’t recommend another government, we’ll dissolve parliament, call an election between November 1-5 and there’ll be zero chance of Grieve legislation,’ says senior official”.
They’ll scream and scream, and dig in their heels. But someone who might be enlisted in the struggle to regain a little national credibility is Commons Speaker John Bercow, as the Beeb’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg noted. “Bercow weighs in - 'this move represents a constitutional outrage. However it is dressed up it is blindingly obvious that the purpose of prorogation now would be to stop Parliament debating Brexit and performing its duty’”.
Cummings will have war-gamed his plot, but its revelation has incensed some Tories who might have otherwise sat on the fence. They, and opposition parties, will have to move fast and if necessary bring down Bozo’s little Wild West Show. Which means doing whatever is necessary to enable a very early General Election.
Owen Jones is not joking when he names this day: “Prepare for a possible election being called next Thursday, 5th September, for 17th October. Those six weeks will be the fight of our lives to take wealth and power back from a greedy, entitled Establishment that looks only after its own - and has brought the country to disaster”.
He might sound dramatic, but he is right. Markets have been on the slide, Sterling is doing likewise. The Bozo Shitshow has to be brought to a close. That is all.
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