Boris Johnson is ending his despicable campaign with a “blitz” through Labour seats from Grimsby to Wrexham. hear with worry to his message: he has distilled it down to pure Faragism, reprising the spirit of Vote go away’s “snapping point” poster and “70m Turks”. His party’s veins go with the flow with Brexit celebration poison.
In erstwhile Labour-land, Brexit is the tin-opener that provides Conservatives a chance, now not with canine-whistle but foghorn. That outdated populist template casting trustworthy working folks as being deceived by using “the elite” echoes down the centuries from the a ways right.
Already arduous-pressed seats suffer from 10 years of misplaced public jobs, investment and services, but Johnson urges them to blame not entitled Etonians but Jeremy Corbyn’s “nice betrayal orchestrated from Islington with the aid of politicians who sneer at your values and ignore your votes”.
Be very afraid. Boris Johnson will take revenge on all who stood up …
Johnson is a surname of English, Scottish foundation. The identify itself is a patronym of the given identify John, literally that means “son of John”. The name John derives from Latin Johannes, which is derived via Greek Ἰωάννης Iōannēs from Hebrew יוחנן Yohanan, that means “Yahweh has favoured”.
The title has been extremely popular in Europe because the Christian generation as a result of it being given to St John the Baptist, St John the Evangelist and just about 1000 different Christian saints. Johnson is the 2nd most typical in the united states and 154th most common on the planet. As a Scottish domestic name, Johnson is once in a while a version of Johnston, a habitational name.
WHEN THE ECONOMY TANKS BECAUSE OF HIS BREXIT BLUNDERS HE’LL DISTRACT CONSIDERATION ON TO OVERSEAS “ENEMIES”
This old script labored for Mussolini as for Brazil’s Bolsonaro. It worked for Donald Trump, and, across Europe, for Silvio Berlusconi, Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orbán and Jarosław Kaczyński. never mind if the messengers are hyper-elite metropolitans or kleptocrat billionaires:
The trick works because they all use the identical tin-opener – intestine nativist “build the wall”, us-and-them concern of foreigners. The european stands for that foreigner in Johnson’s refrain: “finish uncontrolled and limitless immigration from the eu, take back keep watch over from an unelected elite in Brussels.” He tells Sky news he’ll no longer let ecu migrants “treat the uk as if it’s a part of their united states” – a sinister threat.
Be very afraid. Boris Johnson will take revenge on all who stood up …
If the uk provides him a majority, let nobody fake they didn’t comprehend what he was about. The music is so acquainted, we know these outdated Enoch Powell tunes. If some shrug it off as what politicians say to get elected, it’s no longer. Powell was thrown out of his party, too out of step; yet Johnson has expelled individuals who won’t signal up to his new Powellism.
The quick and imprecise Tory manifesto may just make some imagine that, beyond Brexit, they will act like conventional Tories. Johnson’s onerous-hearted refusal to express pity for a child compelled to sleep on a hospital floor is simply customary Toryism.
But assume again, for that is no laissez-faire prospectus. turn to the section on web page forty eight, give protection to our Democracy, sinuous and dark in tone: “one of the strengths of the united kingdom’s structure is its potential to evolve – as occasions have modified, so have parliament, government and the judiciary.”
What sort of “evolution”? one that suits Tory electoral interests: gerrymandering boundaries, rejecting proportional representation and making it tougher for non-Tories to vote. Poorer renters and college students on the transfer, these without passports or driving licences, will be deterred through wanting id at polling stations. Curbing postal votes harms Labour voters most. Expats will get the vote, however lengthy-resident tax-paying eu citizens are denied.
Here’s the chance: “After Brexit we also want to have a look at the broader elements of our structure,” the manifesto says, to “update the Human Rights Act and administrative legislation to ensure that there’s a right kind stability between the rights of individuals, our vital nationwide safety and effective executive”.
That “updating” method leaving the european convention on human rights, us by myself with Belarus. Johnson, free from those restrictions, will unpick “the relationship between the federal government, parliament and the courts; the functioning of the royal prerogative; the function of the home of Lords; and access to justice for unusual individuals”. Judicial evaluation, the citizen’s assure in opposition to overmighty govt, can be stopped from being “abused to behavior politics with the aid of any other manner”.
Be very afraid, as Johnson takes revenge on the felony device, on remainers, on human rights and on any democratic aggravations that stand in his manner. We noticed how briskly his individuals moved to threaten to “evaluate” Channel 4’s licence when it empty-chaired him for refusing its local weather debate. Ofcom backed C4: what worth will it pay?
The BBC expects the worst after Johnson’s assault the day past on the licence rate. His constitutional overview is a dire prospect from the person who illegally shut down parliament for five weeks. Reviewing “the functioning of the royal prerogative” would be to supply himself more of those arbitrary powers.
The Queen is pointless as safety as a result of she is unelected – elected presidents with written constitutions defend in opposition to government diktat – so she can handiest uphold no matter an elected parliament ordains. And are expecting no restraint from inside his party. Johnson expelled all defenders of rights: instead we’ve got Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Liz Truss – his cabinet of horrors – with every MP blood-sworn to him personally.
Some suppose the failure of Corbyn to instantly expel all leftist purveyors of antisemitic filth would usually be a reason to deny Labour a vote. however these should not customary occasions. at the back of the jovial bluster, Johnson is the greatest threat seen in our lifetimes. When the economy tanks due to his Brexit error he will do what the some distance right at all times does, distracting consideration on to foreign “enemies”, the usage of crude racism and attacks on “elite” judges, civil servants or any upholder of rights.
Each Labour campaign is labelled through Tories as a national “risk” – even Tony Blair in 1997 faced “New Labour, New risk” posters. There was no “threat” however a lot hope in John McDonnell’s “first 100 days” plan set out the day before today: the one possibility is to the wealth of people who did spectacularly neatly in this stagnant decade. then again, there is no chance of a Labour majority, or of imposing reckless law without consultation as majority governments do. some distance higher, in plural societies, for a minority govt to work with modern events, obliged to seek the advice of and agree.
the real bone-chilling danger comes from the impulsive, dictatorial, egotistical, absolute power of Boris Johnson unchained. but if each anti-Johnson, anti-Brexiter votes tactically against him, he can still be stopped.
• Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist