Boris Johnson faced a parliamentary majority that opposed a tough Brexit – an EU crash if Britain were not offered an agreement to live with – and took the matter into its own hands.
He went to the queen in Balmoral and let the parliament "prorogieren" from 12 September to 14 October. That's two weeks before October 31, which Johnson has set for the UK's departure.
The time when his opposition in Parliament must prevent a European Union crash has just been split in half. His opponents are angry.
Speaker of the House of Commons described Johnson's actions as "unconstitutional". Johnson's Tory party chief in Scotland resigned. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the parliament will start legislating on Tuesday to block Johnson. There is talk of a vote of no confidence in the Tory government.
One recalls the advice that Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol, gave to his disciples: never withdraw, never explain, just do and make them howl! Because Johnson did what he had chosen and promised.
Although he lacks a majority for a "no deal brexit," his suspension of parliament remains faithful to the tough Tories he trusts. that he would keep his commitment to do what the British people voted for in 201
Whatever may be said about him, Johnson has shown himself to be a man of action, a risk taker, a doer. like Trump, who welcomed Johnson for suspension. And leaders like Johnson shoulder the politicians of the cookie cutter today to dominate the world stage.
Matteo Salvini, Interior Minister, Leader of the League Party and most popular political figure in Italy, overthrew his own government to force new elections, which he believed would win. His goal is to take the lead not only in Italy, but also in European populism.
Salvini's boldness failed when the league's ex-partner in the government, the left-wing five-star movement, joined the Democratic Party to form a new government from which the League is ruled out.
But Salvini, too, is in the form of Trump and Vladimir Putin, who, seeing a US-backed coup against the pro-Russian president in Ukraine, has been the Crimea, the home base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, since the 18th century , confiscated.
These leaders are men of action, no words. And their compatriots cheer their determination.
The Indian Narendra Modi is in shape. Following his re-election, he abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which guaranteed special rights to the Muslim majority in Kashmir, a state around which India and Pakistan had fought two times. To effect the annexation of Kashmir, Modi sent thousands of troops into the disputed area, imposed a curfew, closed the Internet, and arrested political leaders.
When Prime Minister Imran Khan asked Trump to intervene on behalf of Pakistan, he met with Trump Modi at the G-7 calling it a matter between the two countries.
While autocrats are on the rise, there is another phenomenon of our time: popular uprisings and mass demonstrations as shorthand for political change.
These began to flourish with the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt in 2011, the latter of which was overthrew by President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power. The Cairo Revolution and subsequent elections brought Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power. This was unbearable for the Egyptian army, which carried out a coup d'état that led to new elections and the establishment of the present ruler and former general Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
In 2014 Maidan Square witnessed the protests that led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government in Kiev and the loss of Crimea.
Mass demonstrations occurred in Puerto Rico this year, overturning the government in San Juan. In France, the Yellow Vest movement, which rebelled against a fuel tax imposed by Emmanuel Macron on reducing CO2 emissions, flooded the streets for months, demonstrating, rioting and even destroying the heart of Paris to lift it.
Then there is Hong Kong, a city of 7 million people, claimed by a 1.4-billion-Chinese people in which thousands, even millions, are protesting, blocking roads, closing shops and closing the airport.
Protesters in Hong Kong demand what the 13 colonies demand: freedom, freedom, independence. However, since Xi Jinping is to a large extent an authoritarian autocrat, the demonstrators are trying their luck.
What motivates democratic demonstrators and what drives the rise and welcome of the autocrats, the men of action, is not all that dissimilar.
It is impatience, a sense that the regime is not in contact, that it does not reflect or respond to what people want, that it is foolish and can not act decisively, that it does not "do things," that it does is boring and boring.
Part of Trump's appeal to his base is that people feel he feels the same way they do. And they immediately understand why Trump does not want to settle endlessly on a G7 assembly and talk about climate change.
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