Nothing demonstrates the double standards of our free and fearless press more clearly than their attitude to those who may be, or may become, Prime Minister. For the alleged incumbent of !0 Downing Street, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, no behaviour is too shocking, no wrong can be done. But when the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn taking over the Top Job is considered, however it happens, this is bad. And it is wrong.
An absolute Muppet. And Elmo from sesame Street
So it is with the thought that the Queen may be dragged into politics, something from which she wisely maintains her distance. Earlier this week it was decreed that Bozo The Clown losing a vote of no confidence in the Commons would have no effect. This was concluded by the not at all well known constitutional expert, the loathsome Toby Young.
“No one on this [BBC Newsnight] panel has grasped that if Boris loses a VoNC he won’t resign; he’ll run down the clock until he loses a VoC and then call an election, with polling day after Oct 31st. For chapter and verse, see my blog in the [Spectator]”, he announced. Tobes decreed that Johnson and Polecat Dom had “made it crystal clear that Boris would use the powers vested in the PM by the FTPA to postpone the date of the election until *after* October 31st”. And that would be OK, then, would it?
So that was all right, then. Bozo and his chief polecat could please themselves. But not Jezza, as this morning’s front pages made all too clear. The idea that there could be any path to Corbyn becoming PM has clearly frightened the crap out of those who scrabble around the dunghill that is Grubstreet, and the righteous excuses are being prepared.
“Queen facing crisis over Corbyn’s demand to be PM” warns the joke paper still pretending to be the Express, while the Murdoch Times claims “Jeremy Corbyn will go to Buckingham Palace in a taxi to tell the Queen ‘we’re taking over’ if Boris Johnson lies a vote of no confidence, John McDonnell has said”. Thus it would all be Labour’s fault, not that of scheming Polecat Dom, who would have caused the crisis in the first place.
The increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph has gone yet further, telling “John McDonnell last night threatened to drag the Queen into a constitutional crisis by claiming Labour would ‘take over’ if Boris Johnson refused to quit were he to lose a confidence vote”, despite McDonnell saying what he said not last night, but the night before last.
And just in case that were not enough, the Tel also frothed “Mr McDonnell was also accused of forming an ‘unholy alliance’ with nationalists in Scotland and Northern Ireland”, thus reinforcing the rank hypocrisy. It’s fine for Johnson and his pals to form an alliance, unholy or otherwise, with the DUP. But not for Labour to ally with the SNP.
The Tel then sold the pass by summoning David Starkey to pontificate on the constitutional implications, and having the alleged historian claim that McDonnell was a “revolutionary Communist”. This means Starkey had no sensible contribution to make to the debate.
None of the right-wing papers let slip that McDonnell’s objective was to prevent the country from being screwed over by letting Johnson and his chief polecat impose a No Deal Brexit upon it. After all, the press and its hangers-on won’t be the ones who get screwed over.
So their man gets to do what he likes, and stuff the rest of us. No change there, then.
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