The suspension of Parliament in September 2019 is not a matter of party politics.
Many of Boris Johnson’s current Tory cabinet were vocally opposed to the suspension of Parliament when it was proposed by Dominic Raab in June 2019 as a means to force a No-Deal Brexit.
This is not a matter of Labour vs. Conservative or of Left Wing vs. Right Wing.
This is a matter of democracy (rule of the many) vs. oligarchy (rule of the few).
As citizens of a democratic state, the people of the United Kingdom have a fundamental right to a functioning Parliament of representative MPs.
Boris Johnson’s government is attempting to take that fundamental right away.
If Johnson succeeds, then Britain will be forced through a No-Deal Brexit without any Parliamentary oversight.
If Johnson succeeds, then he will have established a precedent by which a Prime Minister can suspend Parliament at will to shut down the democratic process of the United Kingdom during times of national crisis, when Parliament oversight is at its most vital.
Boris Johnson claims that the parliamentary suspension is because the current session has gone on for too long, and that he wants to “bring forward a new bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda for the renewal of our country after Brexit.”
This is a lie. We know it is a lie because Dominic Raab suggested suspending Parliament specifically to exclude MPs from legislating against Brexit.
Boris Johnson has been sacked by newspapers for lying in his articles.
Boris Johnson used the “Brexit Bus” to lie to the public, and later lied to the public again about his involvement in the original lie, as well as manipulating search engine algorithms to cover his tracks.
Boris Johnson has not suddenly started telling the truth. He has not suddenly ended his career-long trend of lying to suit his own agenda just in time to suspend Parliament for legitimate reasons.
Boris Johnson is using Parliament’s own rules to do all of this. These rules have been used in the past. These rules must be changed. The fact that Boris Johnson can do this does not excuse him from blame for actually doing it.
Arguments that “this is how British government works” are made in bad faith. This should not be how any democracy works. Our system of government must be changed
The suspension of Parliament is being done for dishonest reasons, to deliver a disastrous outcome based on a dishonest referendum campaign.
The suspension of Parliament costs the British People their democratic rights and serves only the agenda of a few wealthy British oligarchs.
Anyone who claims that the suspension of Parliament is anything other than an attempt to shut down democracy is promoting a false narrative.
Any member of the media who does not immediately call out such claims as the lies they are is effectively collaborating with an anti-democratic regime.
The Good News
You can fight the anti-democratic agenda by getting out and joining some protests and marches.
If you can’t physically join a protest, share the details of the protests on social media. If you hear people complaining about the suspension of Parliament, encourage them to go to protests themselves. Share articles which call out Johnson and his government on their lies. Write your own posts explaining how you feel, and why.
If you’re going to a protest, be sensible:
- Take plenty of drinking water.
- Take suntan lotion.
- Take a snack.
- Wear shoes you can comfortably stand around in all day.
- Bring chalk, so you can make non-permanent graffiti.
- Make sure you know your message. Practice explaining what you believe in, whilst you’re on the way to the protest.
- Take photos showing how many people are attending the protest with you. Share those photos on social media. Make everyone see how much opposition there is to the plans of Johnson’s government.
We need to make our presence known, and we need to make our convictions irrefutable. We need to drown out the government’s lies with our combined voices.
We need to force them to abandon their selfish agenda and, for once, put the people first.