Brexit

Johnson Isn’t Wrong, Except When He Is

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Britain is headed for an election on December 12th after the Labour Party decided to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for an election and this, according to Johnson, should determine if Britain will actually leave the European Union in a "Brexit."

I personally disagree with almost everything Boris Johnson says and stands for, but I have to say he's right about British parliament.

Johnson said an election is necessary because parliament does not want to cancel or support the Brexit and their intransigence has led to deadlock.

Johnson hopes that an election will result in his Conservative party gaining enough of a majority in Parliament to allow him to get his Brexit deal passed and take the U.K. out of the European Union as swiftly as possible.

"There is only one way to get Brexit done in the face of this unrelenting parliamentary obstructionism, this endless, willful, fingers crossed, 'not me guv' refusal to deliver on the mandate of the people — and that is to refresh this Parliament and give the people a choice," Johnson said Tuesday.

This obviously isn't a 1:1 comparison, but I would compare parliament's behavior to our own Congress passing temporary government funding bills for most of the last decade rather than tackling the hard questions that plague us.

We have our own unique problems and the issue of Republican obstruction that prevents that, of course, but in either case our representatives in government are kicking the can down the road because no one wants stick their neck out and gamble their own political future.

Boris Johnson is ultimately responsible for the direction the nation is headed in, but British parliament has tried to have their cake and eat it too by continuously delaying but not canceling the Brexit when it should be canceled. No one wants to lead the movement to cancel it.

Now, I'm just another dumb American and we have our own shitshow unfolding in Washington right now, of course, so any British people reading this should feel free to roll their eyes at me.

  • muselet

    If Boris Johnson truly believes electing more Conservatives will make Brexit easier, he’s dumber than I thought. It’s his fellow Tories who are largely responsible for the “endless, willful, fingers crossed, ‘not me guv’ refusal” to make the UK economy go away.

    Johnson is wily enough to play intra-party politics very well, but he’s nowhere near smart enough to govern. I guess we’ll see in a couple of months if the British public has realized that.

    –alopecia

    • Unfortunately, we have a considerable number of our own MAGAts. They’ll vote Conservative every time, and hate the EU with a passion. Sadly, even though they’re cutting their own noses off to spite their faces, they’ll go all “stiff upper lip” as the UK goes down the tubes. If I could, I’d get my Scottish or Irish passport to stay in the EU, since I’m pretty sure that both NI and Scotland (hell, maybe even Wales) will break away if Brexit goes through. Sadly, those ancestors of mine are a couple of generations too far back.

  • David Greenberg

    I have a British brother in law and he daren’t roll his eyes at me as their shit show is at least as bad as ours if not worse. Their liars, scammers and morons in government mirror the republicans here, but are on all sides of the aisle. I still blame trump for fostering the ugliness that appears to be threatening the world order. The only one benefiting from all of this is Putin who must be laughing so hard that hopefully he will choke.