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Boris politicizing Queen's legacy Boris politicizing Queen's legacy
by Thanos Kalamidas
2019-08-29 07:43:03
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Despite to whatever you might have read the last hours, there was absolutely nothing illegal or unconstitutional in what Boris Johnson did. He had the right to ask from the Queen to suspend parliament in order for her to prepare her annual speech to ...the Parliament. The emphasis to the word: speech. However, what Boris Johnson did was undoubtedly unethical and in fact and in the eyes of most, he has put in danger the royal neutrality.

After a very tense Wednesday morning and the PM’s quest, the Queen signed to suspend the Parliament from the 9-12th of September, just days after MPs return to work to 14th of October, only a few weeks before the Brexit deadline. Which in simple English means that the time MPs have to pass laws to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October is cut to …nothing.

quen01_400_01House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said it was a "constitutional outrage", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Suspending Parliament is not acceptable, it is not on. What the prime minister is doing is a smash and grab on our democracy to force through a no deal," and a lot of MPs called coup but ... But it doesn’t matter because it is happening. The schizophrenia of the British parliamentarism.

But what about the Queen. What about the neutrality the royal family is constitutionally forced to obey? Where this gone? From a decorative role and an inspiration to unity, Boris is forcing Elisabeth II to take a political stand. She had two plain choices, to shut down the parliament and look like favouring the Brexiteers participating in a parliamentary coup or reject the plan using some kind of another anachronistic rule and look like favouring the Remainers. She chosen Boris and now she also has to deal with the consequences in a deeply divided country.

Corbyn said that:  "the first thing we'll do is attempt legislation to prevent what he is doing", followed by a vote of no confidence at some point". That between the September 3rd when the MPs return to the parliament till the 9th when is going to be shut; six days. The opposition has six days to persuade at least 50 mainly Tory MPs to turn against Boris. So much drama so little time. And while Boris definitely will attract a lot of anger it will be the Queen who will attract disappointment and unwelcome questions for her duties and her authority to the point we might see the birth of a new republicanism is UK after long time and this time coming from her traditionally loyal supporters, the Labour Party.

The next few weeks are going to be a balance between authoritarianism, political cheating, manipulating and intrigue with a lot of theatrics from both sides without been clear where the lines that separate them stand. And if course in the middle of that there is …Donald Trump who really enjoys the chaos and looking forward to personally profit from it, and when it comes to Trump profit does not necessary translates into politics but often in money!

For last, the big question now is how the Queen will manage to escape the trap Boris has put her, the royal family and the royal legacy into and she has only days to find a way, probably less time than the MPs.

PS: Despite to what Boris has said, that with his decision to suspend Parliament “the EU will know we really ARE serious,” the EU will see him as a blackmailer threat and EU as past has shown doesn’t deal well with threats.


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