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“Traitors,” “betrayals” and “surrenders”: how Boris Johnson’s inflammatory language is challenging our democracy

The prime minister was accused of stoking up unrest by branding a parliamentary bill the "Surrender Bill"—and that's just the tip of the iceberg

By Chris Stokel-Walker  

The language our elected officials use has been in the headlines after Boris Johnson was last week accused of stoking up unrest by branding a parliamentary bill the “Surrender Bill”—behaviour for which, a week on, he has still so far refused to apologise fully.

There were ugly scenes in the House of Commons as MPs on both sides became ever-more fractious when Boris Johnson described MPs’ fears that his language in…

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