Lurching and rambling, Boris Johnson is in charge. But hes lost control | Marina Hyde

Its been a taboo-busting start to the Tories election campaign. But the spectacle of Boris Johnson is the most grotesque of all, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde The spectacle of Boris Johnson in a suit is increasingly disconcerting. Everything the prime minister says would make much more sense if he was wearing just his pants and a three-day-old dressing gown, and slurring, I promise you Ill CHANGE at one of the mothers of his children. It goes without saying that he might win a majority. Then again, he might not. Its certainly been quite a taboo-busting start to the Conservatives election campaign, featuring monstrous rape trials, and the blithe suggestion that Jeremy Corbyn might literally The Aristocrats! Either way, it …

Boris Johnson seeks to divide and conquer with his incendiary rhetoric | Andrew Rawnsley

He and Dominic Cummings regard the amplification of hatred not with regret but as essential to electoral success Theres a case to be made that British democracy is not in dreadful trouble but working quite well. Or at least as well as can be expected in extreme circumstances. Even under the intense stress of the Brexit crisis, our spatchcock constitution is just about keeping it together. Exhibit One. The prime minister exploits the prerogative powers to attempt a prolonged suspension of parliament that is designed to prevent MPs from invigilating the government at a critical time. The supreme court coolly steps up to this challenge to democracy, delivers a unanimous and impeccably reasoned judgment explaining why the prime minister acted …

Boris Johnson vows to use powers of persuasion to win new Brexit deal

PM rejects calls for article 50 extension and says he may ignore law blocking no deal Boris Johnson has said he will win a new Brexit deal at next months EU summit by using his powers of persuasion, and rejected calls for a further extension to article 50. The prime minister said he had no plans to accept new legislation that would require him to write to the EU asking for a pointless delay to Brexit. Weve spent a long time trying to sort of fudge this thing and I think the British public really want us to get out. They dont want more dither and delay, he said during a visit on Friday to a farm near Banchory, Aberdeenshire, …

Johnson thinks a culture war will win crucial working-class votes. Hes wrong | Lynsey Hanley

Most leave supporters are not pining for a mythical lost community. They just want a better quality of life, says writer Lynsey Hanley Not long after the referendum in 2016, some neighbours suddenly erected a big wooden fence around their front garden. Well, it seemed sudden. Our postman jokingly called it the Brexit wall, and although the two events may have been entirely unconnected, the fence took on a symbolism it was probably never intended to have. Whether it was there for reasons of privacy, security, or simply to have something for the ivy to grow on, well never know. I dont like to ask. But the fence reinforced my belief that community life has never been, and never will …

Boris Johnson Faces Trial for Huge Lie That Dominated Brexit Referendum Campaign

LONDONThe frontrunner to become Britains next prime minister this summer has been summoned to court to face allegations of misconduct in public office over alleged lies told during Brexit campaign. The Vote Leave campaign bus was emblazoned with the slogan: We send the EU 350m a week. The independent anti-Brexit campaigner was so aggrieved by the prominent use of the claimwhich became a symbol of fake news during and after the bitter campaignthat he has crowdfunded a legal challenge. To the shock of the British political establishment, a judge agreed Wednesday that Johnson, the former Conservative mayor of London, should face trial for deliberately lying to the public. It is alleged that the conduct of which the proposed defendant is …