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The problem with writing a regular newspaper column when you're a chronic wannabe prime minister is clearer than ever in this 2007 Telegraph piece that New Statesman has dredged up.

Writing about the Labour prime minister Gordon Brown, who took over from Tony Blair without an election, Boris Johnson lays into Brown's lack of "mandate from the British people". He describes the "transition about as democratically proper as the transition from Claudius to Nero", calling it a "scandal", "fraud" and "nothing less than a palace coup".

New Statesman - "Without a mandate from the British people" : How Boris described Gordon Brown in 2007

Here's his intro:

"It's the arrogance. It's the contempt. That's what gets me. It's Gordon Brown's apparent belief that he can just trample on the democratic will of the British people. It's at moments like this that I think the political world has gone mad, and I am alone in detecting the gigantic fraud."

His description of Tony Blair being elected in the last general election, 2005:

"They voted for Anthony Charles Lynton Blair to serve as their leader. They were at no stage invited to vote on whether Gordon Brown should be PM... They voted for Tony, and yet they now get Gordon, and a transition about as democratically proper as the transition from Claudius to Nero. It is a scandal. Why are we all conniving in this stitch-up? This is nothing less than a palace coup... with North Korean servility, the Labour Party has handed power over to the brooding Scottish power-maniac."

Specifically on his lack of a mandate:

"The extraordinary thing is that it looks as though he will now be in 10 Downing Street for three years, and without a mandate from the British people. No one elected Gordon Brown as Prime Minister..."

Oh boy, can't wait to see that one thrown in his face

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 07:38:38 AM EST
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## Democracy is not well understood.

wikiwtf | Parliamentary Labour Party
Trade unionists and the Labour Party in Britain: the bedrock of success
PLP formation and leadership
Cambridge | The British Constitution and the Structure of the Labour Party
registered library
Archives of the Parliamentary Labour Party, 1906-1968 (book)

archived UK "government"
1922 Committee
there is no separate election of PM. The procedure is described here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 12:56:38 PM EST
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It's really quite simple. The EU elects undemocratic bureaucrats and her Majesty appoints democratic PMs.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jun 11th, 2019 at 03:46:14 PM EST
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