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Considering that we have an outbreak of copycat "big men" all over the planet, all playing the same games, a happy ending is not a given.

And considering the rhetoric around the Supreme Court judgement and the Benn Act, I think Johnson genuinely seems himself as Emperor-in-Waiting - like Trump, but with added classical references, even more drugs, and less dementia.

The fact that both are seriously disordered individuals is neither here nor there.

Realistically, they have no interest in precedent, morality, convention, or fair dealing. As far they're concerned they're in power, we're not. That's all anyone needs to know.

If a constitution is founded on the principle that leaders act with at least a minimum of integrity and force is never necessary, you have a problem if it becomes obvious that force has to be applied - because you're in uncharted territory, having to make difficult decisions about who is qualified/required to apply the force, under what circumstances, and with what limits.

And if there are back-channel conversations where your Emperor-in-Waiting is making threats of force of his own, or using bribes to override the usual constitution limits, or blackmail, or some other chicanery, your problem becomes far more serious.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:45:29 AM EST
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