Here’s a snippet from a BBC report on the aftermath of the Supreme Court deciding that alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament was unlawful: “The prime minister insisted he wanted to outline his government's policies in a Queen's Speech on 14 October, and to do that, Parliament must be prorogued and a new session started. But critics said he was trying to stop MPs scrutinising his Brexit plans and the suspension was far longer than necessary”. It wasn’t about Brexit, honestly.
It was just about the need for a Queen’s Speech. The problem for the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press is that they have, in the heat of the moment, forgotten their excuse note and have now decided it really WAS all about Brexit - in addition to a concerted attempt by Bozo cheerleaders to demonise the Justices of the Supreme Court.
What several titles are also doing is to mislead their readers as to the ruling that was handed down yesterday. What the Supreme Court did was to reassert the sovereignty of Parliament - to state plainly that, of the three bases of power, the Executive, the Judiciary, and Parliament, that Parliament was the first among those equals.
And what was Brexit supposed to be about? Well, correct me if I’m wrong here, but I recall something about “Taking back control” and “Parliament being sovereign”. Now that control has been confirmed as being with Parliament, and that that body is indeed sovereign, we have the Fourth Estate kicking off about it big time. Can you smell hypocrisy?
First to kick off this morning is the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, telling readers “‘Let’s be in no doubt, there are a lot of people who want to frustrate Brexit’”. Last refuge of the headline-creating scoundrel - put aside any facts, and instead place all emphasis on a quote from an interested party.
The Express, now firmly the Daily Brexit, thundered “Let’s not forget Britain voted to quit the EU 1,189 days ago … UNLAWFUL? WHAT’S LAWFUL ABOUT DENYING 17.4M BREXIT!” Wrong punctuation mark there. But no-one is being denied anything. The attempt to deny a democratically elected sovereign body its say is what it’s about.
Meanwhile, the Mail is also in thundering mood, with “BORIS BLASTS: WHO RUNS BRITAIN? … Judges sensationally say PM broke law by suspending Parliament … Rees Mogg rails at ‘constitutional coup’”. Reasserting the sovereignty of Parliament is now a “coup”. And Bozo knows who runs Britain. If he’s read the judgment, that is.
All that was left was for the Murdoch Sun to go Peak Stupid and proclaim the opinions of a careful selection of its readers to be superior to that of 11 Supreme Court Judges, packaged with a headline that no-one under the age of 45 will understand. “Ooh, you are lawful … but we don’t like you”. This is a play on a catchphrase made famous by comedian Dick Emery, who died in 1983. Thus we see the Murdoch goons as out of touch as ever.
The Murdoch faithful want to claim it is all about something bad done by “the elite”. But they ARE the elite. This is nothing more than an organised disinformation campaign designed to blame the Supreme Court for doing its job.
Plus it’s the ultimate giveaway: they said it wasn’t about Brexit. And once more they lied.
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