In two weeks’ time parliament is to be suspended on the will of an unelected Prime Minister, confirmed by an unelected monarch. All of this in order to remove us from an elected body, to follow through with an undemocratic referendum which has been rife with falsities.
This is a crisis of democracy, and it is happening before our eyes. Our Prime Minister has made the decision to suspend parliament in the run-up to Brexit, in order to literally suspend our elected democracy. Politicians across the spectrum are outraged. Jo Swinson has hailed the plan ‘dangerous and unacceptable’ while Phillip Hammond dubbed it ‘profoundly undemocratic’. Ian Blackford has gone as far as to accuse the Prime Minister of ‘acting like a dictator’. These are the reactions to the decisions of our current leader, decisions that have been backed by the Queen.
Does the Queen have any place in contemporary politics? Does anyone have the right to suspend our elected body of officials? The irony here is that this entire farce is being done off the back of following through with the will of the people – delivering Brexit. Our leader is silencing the voices of our elected MPs, because he knows that they would not allow a no-deal.
There is nothing acceptable about the Prime Minister’s decision. What is even more shocking, is that the Queen has allowed it to happen, which begs the question: does she actually have the power to say no? Neither the Prime Minister, nor the Queen, are representing the will of the people in a suspension of parliament at perhaps the most crucial political point the 21st century has seen so far.
In doing so, the Queen is giving Boris Johnson the power to individually dictate the way we leave the EU, the futures of hundreds of thousands of people living in the UK, the jobs, the medical access, the fate of Ireland. This cannot be allowed to happen; one man, least of all Boris Johnson, does not know what is best for the country – all the different faces, lives, and cultures that encapsulate our country. Furthermore, Boris Johnson, with his Eton education, is perhaps the last person to be able to truly understand the will of the people: the working class voices, the female voices, the BAME voices. As a matter of fact, he cannot possibly understand anyone who wasn’t born into absolute security and guarantee of power unlike the majority of the U.K.
So what is to be done? Every single party member, whether Tory or otherwise, who disagrees with this movement, needs to speak out, to act, to move votes of no-confidence and question our descent into madness. Otherwise we are all responsible for what is to come.