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Ian Silvester

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  1. My bad - they didn't vote down prorogation itself. Instead they rushed through legislation prior to the commencement of prorogation to make no-deal Brexit illegal. The aim of prorogation was to prevent parliament acting against no-deal, so the house arranged an end run against the gambit 😊 This only succeeded due to the defection of the 21 Tory ministers. Oh, latest tally is that Boris is now 5 motions lost for 5 motions tabled. This is a first in the history of the UK parliament - no prior prime minister has ever lost their first five parliamentary bills!!
  2. He's pretty screwed at this point ☺️ Last Monday parliament voted against prorogation; during the debate one Conservative MP defected to the Liberals - he literally walked across the floor and sat next to the leader of that opposing party 😋 That was Boris' majority walking out right there! By the time of the vote another 20 of his party voted against his motion(!). The following day he requested a general election, and the opposition said "Umm, nah!" which is hilarious. He also lost another motion. So then, for comparison, Margeret Thatcher lost 3 motions in 11 years as party leader, and Boris has lost 3 in 24 hours 😆
  3. Because of its length and the timing. There's no precedent for a five week prorogation when such a high stakes item is in flight. On the BBC this morning Boris Johnson gave a speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street that was all but drowned out by the crowd chanting "Stop the coup!" 😯
  4. Um, am I missing a joke or is this Club's name misspelt? Pond Diplomacy surely...
  5. It's a monarchy but it isn't the monarch who chooses to prorogue, it's the ruling political party. The Queen just assented to their request (for what reason we can only guess). The big deal is that those MPs who don't want brexit (or at least not a no-deal brexit) have been summarily prevented from acting. The UK is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy but the prorogation is the act of a dictator...
  6. For most the answer is "nada", since in History class they'll always focus on a particular period rather than covering all the bases. I guarantee you there are UK kids who don't even know that the US has European roots. When it is taught, the focus is on the Tea Party and the reasons for wanting to leave the Commonwealth.
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