Left-Wing Plot to Occupy Parliament
Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plot by left-wing supporters to occupy the Palace of Westminster and “shut down the streets” to protest Boris Johnson’s decision to temporarily suspend Parliament ahead of the Brexit deadline.
Laura Parker, National Co-ordinator for the Momentum group which acts as Mr Corbyn’s vanguard within the Labour Party, warned that “thousands of us… will join an occupation of Parliament and block the roads before we let Johnson close the doors on democracy,” claiming that the Prime Minister was “stealing our democracy so he can sell off our NHS to big US corporations in a no-deal, Trump first Brexit.”
“Real power doesn’t sit with the Queen or in Parliament. It’s with us, the people,” she declared — a somewhat ironic sentiment, considering the chief objection to Johnson’s prorogation is that they believe it is being used to help deliver the people’s vote for Brexit in defiance of Remain-voting parliamentarians.
Rather than seek to cool tensions, Mr Corbyn appeared to endorse the plan, announcing that he was “encouraging MPs to join public protests opposing this shutdown [of Parliament].”
Thus far, Remainer calls for the public at large to rise up in a General Strike have borne little fruit — which is perhaps unsurprising, considering research into the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union suggests the working class voted largely for Leave, while Remain was more popular with the affluent middle classes already comfortable under the EU status quo.
If the video below is anything to go by, this gentle middle-class coup will give us a few laughs.