Clown Prince Johnson cowers in the face of the Rebel Alliance | John Crace

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Clown Prince Johnson cowers in the face of the Rebel Alliance | John Crace

Obi Wan Bercow sanctions emergency debate that paves way for Johnson to be UK’s shortest-serving PM

It had never really been in doubt. Obi Wan Bercow was always going to say yes to the Rebel Alliance, so there was little suspense when Tory MP Oliver Letwin rose to request an emergency debate on voting to prevent the government from allowing the UK to crash out of the EU with no deal.

He did so with his usual clarity and good grace. Something that was not reciprocated by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who gave a particularly disingenuous reply. For a man who claims to venerate parliamentary democracy, he is curiously reluctant to accept the legitimacy of parliament. But it was all basically just theatre anyway. A three-act show to which everyone knew the ending, given the number of Tory MPs who had already promised to vote against their government.

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