Jonathan Eida | Opinion
Boris has shoved Larry the Downing Street cat into the proverbial pigeon coup! Outrage, shock and despair shook the Remain camp so hard yesterday, one might have thought that we had been invaded or something of that sort. Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament until October has caused Remainers to let the lunatics out of the asylum!
Before we discuss why Boris proroguing Parliament is not the last days of Rome, it is worth having a look at some of the reaction to his decision, not for any intellectual reasons but rather for the amusing melodramatics.
Children’s writer Philip Pullman said the words “nearest lamp-post” and “rope” came into mind upon hearing the name Boris Johnson (we are still unsure if the rope is for self-use or our PM’s).
Love Actually star Hugh Grant labelled the PM an ‘over-promoted rubber bath toy’ and added he would not ‘f*** with my children’s future’. Academic and scientist Richard Dawkins called Boris a dictator. And my personal favourite, food critique Jay Rayner added: ‘Oh look. On my watch it’s 10:28, but in Downing Street it appears to be 1629’, obviously hinting to the events before the English Civil War where King Charles had a run-in with Parliament over democracy.
The reactions from the political Remainer class was equally amusing. The word ‘coup’ was used by Caroline Lucas, Owen Jones, Nicola Sturgeon and David Lammy. Labour MP Kate Osamor even called for the monarchy to be abolished! Yawn!
There are also questions to be asked as to why the Remain side are surprised by this manoeuvre. This was written in the stars right from when Boris made his first appointment. I have no doubt that the employment of Dominic Cummings in a special advisor role was instrumental in this decision. Cummings was brought in to bend back fingers and stick bamboo under fingernails in order to ensure that the agenda was seen through. For this decision, I applaud Boris’ foresight and ambition.
As for the decision to suspend Parliament, you can always tell how sincere the cries are by the outrage mob that follows. All those who are crying wolf, also happen to be those who oppose a no-deal Brexit or Brexit as a whole. So, forgive me for taking the outrage with a pinch of salt.
That fact of the matter is that Parliament has been sitting for two years, which is longer than usual. Now there is a new Prime Minister, a new Cabinet and a new agenda. The Queen’s Speech is an opportunity to reset the agenda as the Prime Minister sees fit. That is completely normal!
What the Remainers argue is not normal, is the amount of time Parliament has been delayed by. They argue that this was done to stop a vote on a no-deal Brexit and therefore is undemocratic. Conversely, what they seem to be forgetting is that there was a vote on no-deal, which was rejected. They also failed to reach an agreement on their own in Parliament. Not only that, but MPs voted for no-deal as a fall-back if a deal wasn’t agreed during the vote on Article 50.
Democracy in Parliament has clearly succeeded despite the claims of rabid Remainers. The only option at the moment, agreed upon by all of Parliament, is a no-deal, which also happens to be the course being taken by the Government. Therefore, the proroguing of Parliament is irrelevant in this debate – our course of action has been decided unless a new deal is brought in by Boris. All of the claims of Boris being a tin-pot dictator and suchlike pale in comparison to the abject anti-democratic views of Remainers, these being to ignorethe result of the referendum. It is laughable that they continue to push a narrative of democracy whilst continuing to condescend to the British people. One only wonders if there are mirrors in Parliament!