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Protestors outside Downing Street chanting "Shame on you" #prorogue #Prorogation #StopTheCoup
Reflections on today's events
1. The issue of proroguing Parliament transcends the Brexit debate. I am not a Remainer - nor a Brexiter (Eurosceptic however) - but the fundamental operational principle of our democracy is parliamentary sovereignty which is about to be suspended.
2. The fact that @BorisJohnson is unelected and that the role of the monarchy aside, proroguing Parliament for political ends (essentially a strategic filibuster) sets a constitutional precedent which would allow future prime ministers the same exercise of power arbitrarily.
3. Parliament is sovereign. Not the PM, not a referendum, and not (in practice) the monarchy. Parliament. This Parliament was elected near-unanimously on a platform of obtaining a Brexit deal in '17. No party stood on a no-deal platform and so there is no mandate for it.
4. The protestors assembled en masse with no more than 3-5 hours notice. Quite frankly the start of the protest was irritating and small; a few hardcore Remainers shouting pointless slogans and a few hardcore Brexiters shouting back at them.
5. These wingnuts (who I think offer very little in the way of political resolution to this whole shitshow) were quickly drowned out by many many more people who had come down after work to protest one thing: the stripping of our only democratic institution for political ends.
6. The constitutional shitstorm this is going to unleash will be unprecedented and goes much further than Brexit. It offers some wiggle room for widespread constitutional reform and democratisation further down the line (our politics is evidently systematically trash)
7. But the likelihood is that #Prorogation is not a way of achieving a No Deal but a cynical way of forcing the opposition's hand into calling a vote of no confidence, a general election, and a second referendum.
I would not be surprised in the slightest if @BorisJohnson and the @Conservatives then run an electoral pact with @brexitparty_uk on a platform of culling the saboteurs and ridding Parliament of the November traitors. Which will be readily evident by a No Confidence vote.
9. #Prorogation is almost certainly a trap and when Parliament comes back after summer it is likely a trap that MPs will walk straight into. I am not sure if another referendum and a vote of no confidence are really the answer at this stage.
10. What #Prorogation does offer is an opportunity for decisive action not just by our representatives but by us. That starts with the restoration of Parliament and, critically, a #GeneralStrike.
11. Todays protest was not a anti-Brexit protest. As we will see on Saturday it could be the start of an organized movement aimed at tackling the anti democratic project that the Tories have been running since 2010. Economic counterpower is critical to making this a reality.
12. “The Tories in England long imagined that they were enthusiastic about monarchy, the church, and the beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about ground rent.” — Karl Marx, 1852
13/13 See you on Saturday. #StopTheCoup #prorogue
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