In the Sunday Times yesterday
“Boris Johnson is no dictator and Westminster’s not on fire” Rod Liddle writes
“Day five of the fascist coup. The mutilated corpse of our once proud democracy lies rotting in the cruel autumn sunshine, having been torn limb from limb by Boris Johnson’s snarling Nazi running dogs. My sense of outrage is beyond expression. Even Pol Pot didn’t prorogue parliament for two days longer than usual. But at least there are brave voices of resistance, Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry, Gary Lineker and John Bercow. Johnson’s Gestapo, in their unseasonal trenchcoats, are probably already knocking at their doors.
“Tap “Boris Johnson” and “Hitler” together into Google and you will find 11,700,000 results. This will include the chap on Twitter who said he fully expected the prime minister to start building gas chambers in the UK very soon. One can only hope that if this is true, he gives the project to Chris Grayling, and we can all rest easy. It also includes more esteemed observers such as Prospect magazine, which likened the proroguing of parliament to the burning of the Reichstag. Some of those 11m results will include comments from Johnson himself, who once suggested Hitler would have approved of the EU. The admittedly controversial Austrian gets dragged into an awful lot of political debates these days.
“The hysteria, hyperbole and mass bed-wetting has been remarkable even by the usual standards of our well-bred and thin-skinned metropolitan liberal middle class. The reliably idiotic and histrionic Fry keened: “Weep for Britain. A sick, cynical, brutal and horribly dangerous coup d’état.” Then there was Hugh Grant: “You will not destroy the freedoms my grandfather fought two world wars to defend. F*** off you over-promoted rubber bath toy.” What?
“What they had in common, these people beside themselves with pique, is that they are all opposed to Brexit. By which I mean they would have welcomed an unconstitutional intervention if it had meant that Brexit would be delayed or, better still, stopped entirely. By the same token, leavers have welcomed parliament being dismissed as being an expression of democracy, and, further, have swallowed whole the prime minister’s insistence that the proroguing was nothing to do with Brexit. That is surely a downright lie. Dissolving parliament for the equivalent of five working weeks is peremptory, heavy-handed and anti-democratic. And yet it is probably necessary, depending upon what side of the fence you sit”.
There’s more to read, and to sum it up he writes “To my mind, the will of the people has primacy, but then I believe that we are better off out of the EU. In short, the argument is not constitutional at all. And it has nothing to do with coups d’état and Hitler. It is about whether you trust the politicians or the public”.
I know who I trust, and it isn’t politicians!