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Less than 12 months ago, Johnson seemed so impregnable that I was motivated to write this article…
And now, the question of Johnson’s departure seems to be on of when rather than if.
This thread explores the consequences of a post-Johnson Tory party
When Johnson first put together his cabinet in 2019, I said,

“Just as Extinction Rebellion has pointed out that we are looking at a climate emergency, I believe that we are looking at a constitutional emergency.”…
The reason was not just that Johnson was unfit to be Prime Minister, but that his cabinet wanted “The new Sovereign Individual to operate ... in the same physical environment as the ordinary, subject citizen, but in a separate realm politically.”…
And it is precisely this increasingly obvious “one law for us; another for them” attitude which – rather than the crippling of our economy or the 175,000 deaths – has been Johnson’s downfall.…
So when Johnson goes, the risk is that he will be replaced by another market fundamentalist who will continue the construction of a #PlunderState…
…where “the government would increasingly act as a mechanism for redistributing wealth from the ordinary subject citizen to the sovereign individuals.”…
His successor may well continue with the deconstruction of UK democracy ……
… to the point where we no longer even have the right to peaceful protest.…
And permanent austerity which would benefit the top 0.01% of UK society to the detriment of the rest of us.…
And Johnson’s departure will not save the NHS.
Or the rest of our social contract, which is all anathema to market fundamentalists.…
If you want to stop the UK becoming a once-developed nation with a failing economy and unacceptable social contract, please join the 99% Organisation and help drive the change we will still need, post-Johnson.

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