Mon Sep 2nd, 2019 at 04:00:41 PM EST
It was becoming clear that voting no confidence in the government could be a trap (an "elephant trap" said Blair). A better tactic would be to hang Boris out to dry as a PM with an extremely precarious majority. There has been discussion of this among Labour pols, with Corbyn saying he didn't want to rule out an early election. Evidently, Bozzymandias saw the danger coming:
Speculation is mounting that Boris Johnson could call a snap general election if backbench rebels succeed in passing a bill to delay Brexit, with a Downing Street source saying the issue would be treated as "an expression of confidence" in the government.
Johnson's cabinet ministers are being summoned for an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon, before the prime minister addresses Conservative MPs at a No 10 drinks reception.
Senior sources among the cross-party group of rebels say they believe Johnson could seek a snap general election as early as Wednesday, asking for the two-thirds majority needed in the Commons under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
The sources suggested the vote would come with a commitment that polling day would be before 31 October, though the date would ultimately be in the control of the government.
During the electoral period, of course, the government is not expected to do anything more than tend to current business. A passive no deal would not, apparently, be seen as pursuing a controversial political goal. Right?
Over to Corbyn. He could snuff this out by depriving Bozzer of his two-thirds majority...
Will he, won't he?