A Very British Coup

Known liar, charlatan and tinpot dictator Boris Johnson.

Got back to Ireland this morning to find that the UK Government has decided to suspend Parliament. The deed is already done:

Prorogue

Remind me, what was all that stuff about the European Union being undemocratic?

Any lingering doubts anyone might have had about the direction in which the United Kingdom might go after known liar Boris Johnson became Prime Minister will have been dispelled this morning by the decision (by a small group within the Cabinet) to prorogue Parliament. There can be no doubt that this is a coup d’état. The parallels with 1930s Germany are chilling. If you ever wondered what you would have done in then, as the Nazis took over, that’s what you’re doing now.

This may allow the populist charlatans behind this manoeuvre to force through their chaotic `no deal’ Brexit, but they cannot be allowed to get away with this. I live in hope that one day they will be brought to book for this scandalous act. When that happens the retribution will be a joy to watch.

This disgraceful episode has made much easier a decision I have been putting off for almost two years. I’m putting my house in Wales up for sale and cutting the last of my ties with the United Kingdom. Enough is enough.

14 Responses to “A Very British Coup”

  1. brissioni Says:

    That’s gangster, but who would understand it better than an American under the chaos that is Trump.

  2. stallphill Says:

    Any input about the queen’s motivations and sentiments?

    • While a press conference consisting entirely of the two words “not amused” would have been nice, in reality I believe that Her Majesty has no choice in the matter, in other words the whole permission of the Queen is just a formality. It is like the Queen’s Speech, where she has to read whatever is written.

  3. George Jones Says:

    A very British coup? Or an import from a former colony?

    A suspect that (some members of) the Johnson regime are very aware of what happened in Canada a decade ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prorogation_in_Canada#Calls_for_reform

  4. “The dead is already done”

    Freudian slip or autocorrect failure?

  5. “I’m putting my house in Wales up for sale and cutting the last of my ties with the United Kingdom.”

    Do you have Irish citizenship yet? Any plans to give up UK citizenship?

    • telescoper Says:

      I have had Irish citizenship for over a year.

      • Do you plan to give up UK citizenship?

      • telescoper Says:

        In order to renounce UK citizenship formally you have to pay almost £400. I’m not paying anything. But I don’t intend to renew my UK passport.

      • Sounds like a good compromise.

      • Do you have the passport booklet, the passport card, or both?

        As far as I know, the passport card exists only in Ireland. Is it an identity card (such as exists in most European countries) in all but name? If so, why the different name? So that one can say “we have no ID cards”?

        Is one required to possess one or the other?

      • telescoper Says:

        I have a regular passport. You need to have a passport before you can apply for a passport card, which is only valid for travel within the EU/EEA/Switzerland.

        Irish Passport

        The card seems a bit useless to me, as it doesn’t even work in the automatic barriers in the airport, so I haven’t applied for it.

      • Such a card might be more useful for Irish citizens living within the Schengen area: it is sufficient identification (within the country of residence and when travelling to others) so one doesn’t have to carry a bulkier passport.

      • Also makes things easier if the passport is lost or stolen.

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