Riots in Glasgow, Brits marching on Buckingham palace, Extinction Rebellion preparing to close roads, a general strike threatened, stop the coup chants and defend our democracy rallying calls.
This is Britain 2019, unrecognizable to the rest of the world and plenty of Brits themselves. It has not even begun.
The Rebel Alliance united behind a legislative agenda. Quite an achievement considering their many differences.
Boris Johnson, the unelected British Prime Minister, responded to the rebels by suspending Parliament. Now, the response.
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer MP, the shadow Brexit secretary, is an unknown figure to casuals. His debut shows him competent and someone kind enough to actually inform the public.
Order, ordeeer, will start with tabling legislation in an emergency debate where Parliament will say UK can not leave without a deal, and if one is not reached by the 31st of October, it must ask for an extension.
At least 20 conservatives may rebel, perhaps more, as the public is against no deal and there is no mandate.
They will have to rush it through parliament during the most important week in politics. The response is given by Michael Gove, the conservative in charge of Brexit preparations.
He did not rule out the government withholding Royal Assent to an Act of Parliament.
“Plans in place to evacuate The Queen should there be Brexit unrest,” shouts a headline.
The institution of the monarchy, rather than grand-grandma herself, is now being looked again by the public as they begin to learn the office of the Prime Minister should perhaps be called that of the king.
Withholding Royal Assent is basically dissolving the monarchy. Parliament is and will be supreme, a whole civil war was fought over that one.
It is more probable therefore that if this legislation passes next week, Boris will have to call an election.
He does so in the worst possible way for the unthinkable has now happened: Corbyn is suddenly electable.
Jeremy Corbyn, the labour leader, may well have managed to outplay Boris if this Act of Parliament passes as it may avoid a no confidence vote and puts the ball on Boris’ court.
Polls suggest Boris is ahead, but polls lie for gain. This will probably be the closest election in decades as everything will change in a way it can’t quite be unchanged.
Boris v Corbyn
If libdems and labour have an implied pact of not challenging in marginals where labour or libdems are first or second to conservatives, then Boris will have to decide whether to sign a pact with Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party.
The image of Farage having any role in government would be a great gift to lib-lab. Yet would Boris have a choice, is the first question.
Did he really not put forward any proposal to Brussels? Is the second question that would make independents wonder: just who is this Boris?
That presumably would be laid out in a manifesto. We know some of it, but no where near enough.
Tax cuts and money for conservative constituencies is on offer. Is agitating Europe on offer too? Was all that talk when he met Merkle and Macron a deceptive show? When Macron said Theresa May did not “play” with EU institutions, and he expects Boris to do the same, was he referring to the likes of suspending Parliament?
Anecdotally, ordinary French and German citizens already seem to have gone a bit cold on ordinary Brits. They used to admire the British, respect, and even love.
Now however there’s a tinge of dislike. It was not so just days ago, but this suspension of democracy to forcefully push through a no deal may well make ordinary Europeans wonder if the Brits no like them anymore.
Otherwise said, Boris is playing with fire for certain things once in course can not quite be changed.
The European continent, including Britain, only knew war, but since the European Union, has only known peace. Those in their late 20s and early 30s, who hope to live as long as the Queen, will certainly want to ensure such peace continues for a century or more.
If Boris is returned to power, he may well provoke Europe, and that may well damage relations, to the benefit of his rich vultures:
It could have been very different if Parliament was not suspended, but that act changes everything as prorogation is only meant for the procedural matter of decorating parliament for the pomp and ceremony of the Queen’s attendance with it meant to last only 3-4 days, not weeks.
Hence Corbyn now gets a look, with FT starting a whole series on it. They summarize Corbyn’s aims as: redistribution. Redistribution of income, assets, ownership and power.
“The shadow chancellor has set out plans for £49bn of new taxes and extra spending a year, borrow £250bn to fund a National Investment Bank, nationalise a swath of utilities, rip up labour laws to help workers, build 1m social homes and sharply increase the minimum wage,” they say.
Now that doesn’t sound so bad, especially since a lot of these new taxes will be by adding new tax brackets. So people earning £1 million a year, for example, currently pay the same tax rate as those earning £40,000.
He’ll increase it for those earning more than £80,000, and presumably you can increase it further if above £200,000.
Likewise with council tax. For some reason it stops at the median value of $500,000 houses for London, when there are properties – and quite a lot of them for London – worth millions.
The same could arguably be applied to business taxes as well. If you are a small to medium business, arguably you shouldn’t have to pay the same tax rate as banks that make billions in profits by inflating our money.
Boris on the other hand has stated he is the only one that stood up for banks, so we may well have here the aristocrat v the commoner, or what America should have had, the Trump v Bernie election.
Only a fool can currently predict just who will come on top, with Libdems players too due to their very clear message on Europe.
Boris may however chicken out and not call an election at all. That would probably bring the country to a standstill as a general strike is called with probable general public support.
There should be an election because Britain’s relationship to Europe is a matter for decades and even a war and peace matter. So the people have the right to decide whether they want the forceful Boris way, or the more amicable Labour way, or remain completely with Libdems.
Because even Michael Gove himself has now admitted that food prices would rise if no deal, while some prices would fall he said. Presumably houses which the vultures can buy cheaply.
A no deal exit may well disrupt the movement of money itself in and out of EU with Coinbase for example moving some of its operations.
That would be good for bitcoin of course because can’t disrupt that one, making it an easy way to get money in and out. Yet it’s just one example of the potential chaos an abrupt no deal might bring.
If that’s what the people want to vote for, then their choice, but an unelected aristocrat starving the people to enrich vultures without a mandate, is playing with fire indeed.
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- Boris (64%, 9 Votes)
- Corbyn (36%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 14