In November 2017 Theresa May’s Tories and their bigoted DUP enablers forced a shambolic hard-right anti-democratic power grab called the EU Withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons.
The opposition parties attempted to make several amendments to limit this outrageous Tory power grab, but without the support of the vocal Tory so-called “mutineers” (who all, despite all of their fine words, actually voted in favour of it) they simply didn’t have the numbers to constrain Theresa May’s dictatorial and anti-democratic ambitions, so the bill scraped through to the next stage.
The House of Lords made 15 amendments to the bill and sent it back to the House of Commons.
Not all of the Lords’ amendments are sensible, but most of them are (see image).
Whether we agree with the amendments or not (I disagree with amendment 110A for example, but very strongly support amendment 11) debating proposed amendments to government legislation is clearly a perfectly normal function of our sovereign parliament.
One of the big problems is that Theresa May and the Tories have made an absolute mockery of parliament by allocating just 12 hours to debate and vote on the 15 amendments (a paltry 48 minutes per amendment).
Then there’s the fact that the right-wing propaganda barons are absolutely terrified that the opposition parties and some of the so-called “mutineer” Tory MPs will inflict a string of humiliating defeats on Theresa May and the hard-right Brextremist faction who control her every move.
None of the amendments are about stopping Brexit. They’re all about constraining the Brextremists’ most anti-democratic and dictatorial urges, limiting the social and economic damage the hard-right Tory Brextremists can do through Brexit, and ensuring that the Brexit process in conducted in a democratic manner.
This reality doesn’t suit the Brextremist propagandists who work for hard-right propaganda rags like the Daily Express though, so they’ve simply warped reality to pretend that the parliamentary debate over the 15 House of Lords Amendment is some kind of cynical plot to derail Brexit and undermine “the will of the people”.
What’s more is the way they’re predicting perilous consequences for any MP who dares to support the efforts to constrain Theresa May’s dictatorial and anti-democratic EU Withdrawal legislation.
The Express hacks are well aware that the Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered in the street by an extreme-right terrorist just two years ago.
They’re also well aware that just a few months ago another jailed extreme-right terrorist admitted that he’d plotted to assassinate Jeremy Corbyn before carrying out a murderous attack against random Muslims at Finsbury Park instead.
They’re also well aware of the tidal waves of extreme-right abuse and death threats triggered by previous right-wing headlines attacking judges (“Enemies of the people”) and politicians (“Mutineers”, “Proud of yourselves”).
These vile hard-right hacks know exactly what they’re doing when they print massive front page headlines threatening harmful consequences to politicians who refuse to bow down to Theresa May and the hard-right Brextremist faction who control her every move.
They know that what they’re doing is nothing short of intimidation.
If opposition MPs and Tory “mutineers” are hit with yet another wave of abuse and death threats after the publication of this intimidatory front page, these irresponsible right-wing hacks should be held accountable.
And if the worst comes to the worst and another MP is physically assaulted or even killed for daring to defy the tyrannical machinations of Theresa May and the Brextremists, the role of the right-wing press in repeatedly whipping up these tides of hard-right hatred must be investigated.