Google the words ‘unfit to be Prime Minister’ and you get an even split between Corbyn and Johnson. What the results have in common is that all the claims are made by people close to them, who know them well.
In a first past the post election with two main parties we are told that they are the only choices we have. This is utterly untrue. In fact a hung parliament, which is still the most likely outcome, may well produce a coalition government where the price of co-operation is for either the Conservative or Labour Party leader to step down.
This is not a two horse race. They have both been described as unfit for the job so we shouldn’t vote for either of them.
Yesterday official Conservative channels shared a doctored interview with Labour’s Keir Starmer. Today Conservative Chairman James Cleverley decsribed the edit as “lighthearted”. Most pundits found it a bit sinister.
Entering into the spirit of fun an frivolity we’ve edited a video of the PM where he claims not to want Brexit and hints that Theresa May running through fields is to blame for the current mess. See what you think.
The PM’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
Boris Johnson reacted by saying that he “profoundly disagreed” with the ruling but would “respect” it. A government official said that he spoke to the Queen after the ruling. The BBC reported that the Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said to cabinet ministers that the court enacted a “constitutional coup”.
The PM insisted he still planned to outline government policy in a Queen’s Speech on 14 October. During a speech in New York, where he was attending UN meetings, the PM said he “refused to be deterred” from getting on with “an exciting and dynamic domestic agenda”.
The UK PM left the Luxemburg meeting today to resounding boos from a crown of about 200 protestors, many of whom were British ex-pats. Boris Johnson was expected to hold a news conference with Luxemburg’s PM Xavier Bettel after having lunch with Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker.
The talks appeared to have done little if anything, to move Britain closer to a deal with the EU. That, combined with the prospect off noises off from an angry crowd led the Prime Minister to leave without talking to the press. Xavier Bettel however went ahead without him leaving an empty lectern where Borsis should have been.
Over the weekend Boris discribed himself at The Incredible Hulk after his no show today social media branded him ‘The Invisible Man’.
The House of Commons has voted by 328 votes to 301 to take control of the Commons order paper. It essentially means that the Prime Minister has lost control of the House and stregthens the likelihood that the Commons will vote tomorrow to say that we can’t leave the EU without a deal.
An angry Boris Johnson confirmed that he would seek a general election by tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost his working majority today after after a Tory MP Phillip Lee defected to the Liberal Democrats. He physicaly crossed the floor of the Commons as Mr Johnson began giving a statement on the G7 summit.
In his resignation letterhe said: “After a great deal of thought, I have reached the conclusion that it is no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament …the Brexit process has helped to transform this once great Party in to something more akin to a narrow faction, where an individual’s ‘conservatism’ is measured by how recklessly one wishes to leave the European Union.”
He added: “That is why today I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats. I believe the Liberal Democrats are best placed to build the unifying and inspiring political force needed to heal our divisions, unleash our talents, equip us to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges that we face as a society – and leave our country and our world in a better place for the next generations.”
Earlier in the day, Formet Tory cabinet minister Justine Greening said she would not stand for the Tory party at the next election.
Even with the continued support of the DUP. Boris Johnson can no longer command a majority in the House of Commons,
Having analysed the public declarations of Conservative MPs this morning we’re predicting that Theresa May will win the vote of no confidence and probably by a big margin.
Of the 115 we’ve found who have gone public, 109 are supporting their party leader and just six have indicated they will vote against her. This is fewer than half the total number of Tory MPs but it is a big sample. Amongst the 109 there may me some who voice support but will secretly cast a vote of no confidence. There’s also an argument that says you are more likely to go public with a declaration of support than disloyalty. Both these factors would have to loom large to have an impact on the result.
It may not be a landslide but it will be a sizeable victory and no further leadership challenge will be permitted for 12 months. It will put May in a far stronger position than she was at the start of the week.
You can see a full list of Tory MPs here with an indication of how they will vote tonight.