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Boris Johnson’s calculated disregard for parliamentary democracy

There is no equivalence between constitutional manoeuvres to block no deal and Johnson’s contempt for our democratic traditions 

By Schona Jolly  

Photo: Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

Imagine, if you will, an authoritarian government which decided to shut up the parliamentary shop so that it could carry out, unobstructed, a policy for which it had no parliamentary support. It had never sought any electoral mandate for that policy. It had no working majority and there was no wider parliamentary support behind the scheme. Indeed, it knew that parliament would use every tool available to block that policy on the basis that, even on the government’s own assessments, it would cause irreversible damage to the country it purported to rule. So it shut down parliament,…

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