Thursday, January 07, 2021

PM condemns riots in the USA

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel have all condemned the violence that took place at the US Capitol yesterday, and the PM has urged a peaceful transition of power to take place.

  • The scenes at the US Congress yesterday were disgraceful.
     
  • The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

“I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump. I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness." Boris Johnson (2018)

Jim said...

They say we are around 2 -3 years behind the USA. Whilst its never gone so far as storming the house of lords to stop brexit, there isnt exactly a surplus of losers consent on this side of the pond either.

The poitical parties thing isnt quite so hot over here, its not had to be. So much of policy had been passed up to the EU that the effect is heavily watered down. Though since we have left on numerous occasions Johnson has done many things to try and prevent too much parliamentary scurtiny. Not that that is much use of itself but it says something that its being so heavily blocked.

I know a few people who were once engaged and took an interest in politics, but the utter shambles we have seen over the last couple of years has turned most away. Sadly its left to tribalism, and democracy is the casualty.

Anyone who thinks things will heal now Trump has gone is, I fear, very mistaken. Half of the USA genuinly think the election was stolen using postal votes. Much like in 2016 the other half genuinly thought the same in collaboration with Putin. Trump will be rememered for his authoritarian management. Im expecting a lot of authoritarian measures over there in the coming months to "prevent another trump". As for media, we have already seen the agressive blocking and banning of facebook, youtube and donalds favourite - twitter accounts. So do you think, as I do, we will now see a a whole load more regulation aimed in that direction?

of course it wont solve anything, banning and no platforming seldom does. Parler only exists thanks to agressive banning of right leaning twitter accounts. All it actually ever does is widen the gaps of a broken society.

Johnson, arguably the worst PM we have ever had, is in office simply because, after probably the most boring leadership contest in history, the tories became the only party to say "Lets get brexit done". All others wanted to thwart that desision.

I really wish I thought I was wrong with a lot of that, but that is pretty much it. On both sides of the atlantic losers consent is broken. If you dont have losers consent you cant have democracy.

Chris Whiteside said...

A lot of people who never had a terribly high opinion of Donald Trump - and I am one of them - think he has done more damage to his own reputation, to his party, and the United States in the past two months by refusing to accept an election defeat which, on the words of the outgoing Senate majority leader "wasn't even close." That's outgoing because the Republicans have lost control of the Senate which they should have held but for Trump's disgraceful behaviour.

For the same reason some of those who previously had some time for the man have quite reasonably changed their opinion.

My daughter mentioned to me this morning that she'd seen a piece asking "Could it happen here" or words to that effect. I don't think we can afford to be too complacent. Things which happen first on the other side of the Atlantic often do happen in Britain a few years later.

In our case, while it wasn't violent, we did indeed have a very bad failure of "losers consent" in Britain over the last four and a half years with a big chunk of the political establishment doing everything they could to frustrate the Brexit vote.

Mind you, some of those people, from Peter Mandelson to Owen Jones, have eventually woken up to just how much damage almost every party or political tendency associated with the attempt to prevent the electorate's decision being carried out did to themselves.

I'd like to think some of them might learn the lesson - though there is precious little sign of the Lib/Dems or SNP doing so.