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I feel there’s no greater metaphor for Boris’ failures than the hard currency destroyed as a result of his failure to deliver Brexit.
God bless our gracious et cetera. In a pivot that couldn’t be more cynically British if it tried, the Eton toff elevated to the Prime Ministership by the one percent on the back of a lie has failed; to the chorusing of great merriment.
Boris’ great promise was to push through an exceedingly unpopular vote in an unrealistic timeframe. He’d deliver Brexit by hook or by crook. This morning, neither came true, as he fell at the third time of asking for an early election. Through the prism of Johnson’s crumpet brain, he’d push through Brexit via an early election and everything will be fine.
Not so much, he’s taken the Brexit deal off the table, in order to gain the majority needed to pass the bill to enable an earlier election on December 12.
Johnson told the House of Commons: “We will not allow this paralysis to continue, and one way or another we must proceed straight to an election. The government will give notice of presentation for a short bill for an election on 12 December so we can finally get Brexit done. This House cannot any longer keep this country hostage.”
A No 10 source said: “The withdrawal bill will not be brought back. This is the way to get Brexit done so the country can move on.”
The withdrawal bill in question is the central fiction that got Boris the nod. His opposite number, Jeremy Corbyn “will consider carefully any legislation on an early election,” he said. But Corbyn added that a date needed to be locked down in law to prevent Johnson trying to move it for his own advantage and also suggested he would want it to be earlier than 12 December, saying any plan would need to “protect the voting rights of all of our citizens”.
However, a greater metaphor for Boris’ ineptitude may be the wanton destruction of currency, as thousands of 50p coins minted to commemorate Brexit on October 31 will be melted down, as the date is now sometime in January.
According to Bloomberg, “The coins were already being minted so they could be put into circulation as soon as the U.K. left the EU. The decision was taken for all the coins to be melted down, according to the people, who asked not to be identified. One of them said hundreds of thousands of the coins had been minted already.”