He claimed to be Churchill, but for some he has turned out to be Chamberlain.
Vultures may be circling around Boris Johnson in this most important week when globally five months after lockdown the man that arguably started it all for the western world is to address the nation on whether he is to now end it.
He was to hold a speech on Thursday first, now it is moved to Sunday, with a parliamentary debate tomorrow.
“This is absurd, dystopian and tyrannical,” Steve Baker, a prominent conservative MP and the former Brexit minister, said regarding the lockdown.
He leads a group of backbenchers, which some dub as the english nationalists while others call them libertarians or classic liberals, a group that arguably forms the backbone of Boris Johnson.
Anger now has reached the point where even Sir Graham Brady, who chairs the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, has now gone public to say Boris Johnson should remove “the arbitrary rules and limitations on freedom as quickly as possible.”
That 1922 committee is what brought down Theresa May. Boris may be in a safer position, but in hindsight having a row with Trump over 5G clearly was the wrong decision, although it wasn’t as clear at the time.
Curfewing London and the rest of the United Kingdom for more than a month when long established science says you do not do so if it is a mild flu, was clearly also a wrong decision for some, especially in light of the Swedish experience.
For it is Boris that locked down not just London and UK, but America too and much of northern Europe as his scientists were advising him to follow a policy of herd immunity, but instead he kneeled to the corporate media pressure, making the position of other leaders untenable, hence freedom fell across both continents.
While Churchill bravely stood to face the German bombs in the British parliament, Boris run off to his country home.
Even the Sun paper now says Britain should be opened up, the same paper that terrorized grandmothers in a three months long campaign for the strictest of measures. Yet even they have now had enough.
It appears however there’s a real chance Boris will do nothing more but extend mass imprisonment, in which case that decision should be put to a vote in parliament so that every single voter can cast their decision when local elections are held in the midst of the devastating economic consequences of Boris’ decision.
Just when democracy has never been more important for the pursuit of prosperity, happiness, and the freedom of men, it has practically been suspended by one blond aristocrat.
Believing we are in a dictatorship, Boris Johnson appears to be the only one deciding the fate of 60 million people, without apparently even consulting his own cabinet, let alone parliament.
Yet it is parliament that is supreme not the Prime Minister, and thus parliament should decide whether to extend or otherwise.
We think not one day more for we could maybe salvage some of our economy if we keep calm and carry on this May and onwards, but even a week or two further guarantees economic calamity.
“British economy ‘collapsing’ as confidence falls,” is the latest headline with the weekly magazine stating:
“The IHS Markit’s ‘flash’ purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which gives early estimates of private sector activity in the month, fell from 36 in March to 12.9 in April, reports The Times.
The fall was far more severe than economists had predicted – they had forecasted a drop to 31.4.”
The knock on effects of this are incalculable with a potential spiral of the economy out of control not unimaginable as both governments and central banks have now run out of ammo with it easy to see how the British government could be facing bankruptcy next year.
You only have to look at Lebanon for some sort of idea of what that entails, with anger also visibly growing in much of the west.
“Two transmissions masts in The Hague were found burning during the early hours of Monday morning. The fires at masts on Jaap Edenweg and Laan Van Poot were reported shortly after one another, local safety region Veiligheidsregio Haaglanden confirmed to NU.nl.”
Some say these are related to some conspiracy but if you read between the lines it is obviously a sign that some elements are warning of entities willing to revolt in the current circumstances.
They can’t protest because the police would arrest them as it did in Netherlands this Monday. Their parliament is not being consulted. What technically are dictators, albeit temporarily, seemingly are unwilling to hear them. Thus that some towers would come down is maybe just as mild a version as the flu.
That’s now without the economic consequences kicking in yet. We all saw what followed after the banking collapse. This will be at least twice as bad with Q2 GDP to fall by a seasonally adjusted 40%.
“We need to have a frank, open and honest debate about the ethics of trading lives tomorrow to save lives today,” says Sir Charles Walker, who serves as the vice-chair of the 1922 Committee.
There have been many other political decisions too involving tradeoffs today, healthwise and also economically in regards to distinction between factory workers and office workers for example, or supermarkets and clothes shops with many supermarkets of course selling clothes.
British citizens for example can return to United Kingdom through commercial flights, but temporary or permanent residents who might need to go to a visa office to extend or for other reasons to allow them to go home and come back eventually, currently can’t do so because they have been closed.
Those who can work from home, which is usually the more affluent ones, have still been affected and income wise we’d say most have seen a fall between 50% and as much as 90%, but at least they can keep busy and continue kind of as normal.
Lower classes on the other hand have seen everything close, with little for them to do all day.
We can go on and on, with plenty others reporting on many politicians breaking the rules they order others to follow.
All this makes the current situation untenable, with Boris Johnson’s position maybe safe for now but his few months of premiership leave much to be desired with this backbench revolt quite understandable as ultimately it’s the conservative party that gets the blame and they’ve seen what happened to labour after they went against the public in the naughties.