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The most hysterical reactions to Boris Johnson’s Queen’s speech

The most hysterical reactions to Boris Johnson's Queen's speech
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Boris Johnson announced this morning that he will attempt to schedule a Queen's speech on 14 October, and will suspend parliament for several weeks in September to do so – cutting down the amount of time MPs have in parliament to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

It's entirely normal for a new government to schedule a Queen's speech on taking power, and will usually suspend parliament beforehand (though not normally for this length of time). Boris Johnson's decision will also bring an end to one of the longest parliamentary sessions in history, and will not close parliament during the actual Brexit date, as many anti no-dealers initially feared.

Nonetheless, as expected, as soon as the prorogation was announced there was a clamour of hysterical reactions from Remain-leaning politicians and public figures, claiming that Boris's decision was a constitutional outrage.

Here are the best reactions of the bunch:

Flying out of the traps was the former Labour minister and fully-fledged Remainer, Lord Adonis, who suggested that the government's plan was a 'constitutional outrage' that would be 'hotly contested' in parliament. Mr S wonders if Adonis was quite as annoyed when Speaker John Bercow bended constitutional convention to stop a no-deal Brexit in March...

https://twitter.com/Andrew_Adonis/status/1166624780365324289

Acclaimed author Philip Pullman meanwhile went a step further, and insisted that Boris Johnson has 'finally come out as a dictator'. He then rather sinisterly suggested that we should 'get rid' of him 'as soon and as finally as possible.'

https://twitter.com/PhilipPullman/status/1166633205035917317

If that wasn't clear enough, Pullman went on to clarify on Thursday morning that when he hears Boris's name the words ''rope' and 'nearest lamp-post' come to mind'. How charming.

https://twitter.com/PhilipPullman/status/1166992804373045253

The Labour faction Momentum kept to the same theme as Pullman, and suggested that the entirely normal practice of prorogation was evidence of an 'establishment coup'. Something suggests to Mr S that the group would be far more relaxed if it was Jeremy Corbyn storming the Winter Palace to take power.

https://twitter.com/PeoplesMomentum/status/1166639360340561920

Labour MP Jess Phillips meanwhile suggested that she had never 'met the kind of people who game a system just for the sake of winning a game', in response. Never come across anyone gaming a system before, not even Remainers in parliament? Mr S isn't convinced...

https://twitter.com/jessphillips/status/1166639689023049729

While Sarah Wollaston said that Johnson was behaving like a 'tin pot dictator' and called for ministers to do the right thing and resign in response. While we're on the subject of democratic accountability, Mr S notes that it's been several months now since Sarah Wollaston first left the Conservatives, joined Change UK, and then defected to the Liberal Democrats – all without calling a by-election in her constituency. Perhaps if she's that concerned about convention, she should start by looking a little closer to home...

https://twitter.com/sarahwollaston/status/1166631283549769728

Back in Labourland, Clive Lewis channelled his inner revolutionary, and suggested that the police would have to remove him from the Commons Chamber if parliament was suspended in September. This is, presumably, the same Clive Lewis who didn't bother to vote against suspending parliament over the summer in June this year.

https://twitter.com/labourlewis/status/1166653670844510208

Reacting to the news that the Queen has approved Boris Johnson's request to prorogue parliament, the former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell suggested that Boris Johnson's education might to blame for the country's woes. The born-again Remainer may have been a little dramatic though when he went on to describe Britain as a failed state.

https://twitter.com/campbellclaret/status/1166718532593377281

And if you thought Boris Johnson was throwing out constitutional convention by suspending parliament, Labour's Kate Osamor decided to outdo him with another bizarre suggestion this evening. The MP instead proposed that the Queen should be deposed for, errr, following her constitutional role to the letter and allowing the parliamentary session to end.

https://twitter.com/KateOsamor/status/1166752346556239873

While Stephen Fry suggested that his followers should 'weep for Britain' and that suspending parliament for the month meant a 'a sick, cynical brutal and horribly dangerous coup d’état' was taking place.

https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/1166753602658082817

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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