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We have become a land of permanent crisis. This suits the blustering liars of Brexit

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Boris Johnson’s lies encapsulate Britain’s democratic decay. They are the bluster of a man who holds parliament and political accountability in contempt. They reveal the corruption of a Brexit movement that has no purpose now other than to secure an empty victory, whatever its original intentions and whatever damage it does to the traditions of Britain’s democracy, once thought to be indestructible and now revealed to be as ephemeral as dust in the wind.

Do I need to justify the above? It’s what they want you to do. They come out with a big brassy lie and then insist that you so lose yourself in the thickets of a detailed rebuttal no one can follow your argument. But for the record and because I must, when the Observer revealed last Sunday that Johnson was planning to shut down parliament to stop it thwarting a no-deal Brexit, Downing Street spin doctors led by Robert Oxley, Johnson’s press secretary, said the report was “entirely false”.

When it was shown to be true, Johnson did not apologise for the behaviour of his underlings. Instead, he tried to divert attention with a blabbering pretence he was not closing parliament to stop MPs preventing a crash out, but so he could prepare a Queen’s speech on police and education funding. No government needs to close parliament to prepare a programme. The civil service and party researchers can work on it, regardless of whether parliament is sitting or not. MPs, however, cannot ask questions about constituents whose businesses and jobs are in danger. Select committees cannot test whether Johnson’s preparations for Brexit are as thorough........

© The Guardian