So Mr Johnson, What did Mr Putin do for you in 2016?

We know social media, and in particular Facebook, was responsible for targeting voters in the 2016 referendum with false information. We know that the Leave Campaign has been found guilty of breaking the rules, though mysteriously this is still often referred to as an allegation, and was even denied by Fiona Bruce on Question Time last week.
For those of you still unconvinced, you can read about it here, not as reported in a newspaper with a particular view, but the Electoral Commission’s actual report. Continue reading

New Depths in British Politics

When Boris Johnson became leader of the Tory party and thus Prime Minister my country reached a new low. Today even that low was to be surpassed. Johnson, who has previously, and very recently, said he did not support proroguing Parliament, has changed his mind. For those of us who have learned to mistrust, distrust, abhor Johnson this does not come as an enormous surprise. Johnson is a chancer. He’s untrustworthy, unreliable, a serial liar.

It is however a shock.

I suspect some of the red tops, which against all evidence to the contrary have been hailing Johnson as some sort of messiah, will greet this news with glee. If you are a reader of one of those papers, maybe even an admirer of Johnson, maybe a committed Brexiteer, just consider for a moment how you would have reacted had this been a ploy deployed by a politician of another persuasion. It’s not a good day for democracy. It may not quite be the coup some people are claiming, it may not be anti constitutional, but it is a sneaky move, a move that shows little respect for democracy, and if the outcome Johnson wants, as he has said he does, is to unite the country, it is not a very good idea.
Not only Johnson has previously said he didn’t favour proroguing Parliament, so did just about every member of his cabinet.
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