Be without a doubt what we saw yesterday. . . was nothing less than an attempted coup. “No, not this week's violent invasion of the Capitol Building in Washington.
That sentence was the introduction to this column on May 12, 2010 when Gordon Brown stayed in office to prevent David Cameron from becoming Prime Minister.
So before we get too self-righteous about the outrageous attempts by Donald Trump and his supporters to overthrow democracy in America, let us not delude ourselves that this could never happen here.
Be without a doubt what we saw yesterday. . . was nothing less than an attempted coup. “No, not this week's violent invasion of the Capitol Building in Washington
In May 2010, five days after Britain firmly rejected Labor at the ballot box, I wrote: "Gordon Brown is trying to steal last week's general election results, which he lost by two million votes and 60 seats."
Brown simply refused to accept the result. In a desperate attempt to stop the Tories from forming a government, he offered the Lib Dems a deal that would see him remain prime minister until the fall Labor Conference. After that, of course, nothing could stop him from getting up again.
Labor's own Proud Boys, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, had a free hand to claim that the Tories did indeed lose the election and that the people really voted for a "progressive alliance" between the parties on the left. The BBC was only too happy to continue this scandalous perversion of the truth.
Yes, David Cameron's party had missed the overall majority. But the Tories had won 306 seats for Labor's 258 – and even with Lib Dem's support, Brown still couldn't have commanded a majority.
In case Brown had to be dragged out of Downing Street and hold onto his fingernails when Nick Cleggs Lib Dems refused to play ball and opted for a coalition with the Tories.
For three and a half years, the losing Remain side refused to accept the result, moving heaven and earth to overthrow it, even claiming Russian interference
For the past few years I had warned that Brown would refuse to step down regardless of the possible election result.
(And don't forget that Jeremy Corbyn took the win in 2017 despite lagging the Tories by 56 seats.)
Trump's recent behavior, predictable and anti-democratic as it may be, is not unprecedented on this side of the pond. There are other similarities as well.
While Brown's attempt to undermine democracy failed, it was just a warm-up for what was to come after the 2016 EU referendum.
For three and a half years, the losing Remain side refused to accept the result, moving heaven and earth to overthrow it, even claiming Russian interference. They went to court repeatedly to try to stop Brexit.
Pro-EU protesters set up a permanent camp outside parliament. If they didn't actually break into the building itself, it was only because they didn't have to.
The Palace of Westminster was already occupied by MPs and unelected colleagues determined to prevent Britain's exit from the EU, supported and aided by a partisan spokesman who held the British people in utter contempt. And if that wasn't another coup attempt, I don't know what it is.
The Washington establishment behaved just as badly when it refused to accept the legitimacy of Trump's presidency. She too tried all available means to remove him, up to and including his impeachment.
But none of the hostilities he's faced over the past four years justifies his ruthless encouragement from the mob that marched into Capitol Hill this week.
Nor is there any justification for pretending that the political process on this side of the Atlantic is cleaner or more principled. Many of those now condemning events in America have been involved in attempts to undermine democracy in Britain for more than a decade.
Nor is it like we haven't seen politically motivated violence on the streets of Westminster. A few months ago, Black Lives Matter agitators ran amok in Whitehall and came just yards from the Prime Minister's doorstep.
But instead of countering violence with violence, the police ran away. And the establishment has since bent back – or rather bent its knee – to appease BLM.
The local handwringers now mourning the "desecration" of the Washington Capitol were not as concerned about the wanton desecration of the cenotaph or the Churchill statue and others.
This has been a couple of years for politics here and in America. We have no reason to be ridiculed.
When Gordon Brown refused to go quietly in 2010, I turned off US television journalists Chad Hanging and Brit Limey, both resident on that column, to explain the aftermath of the election to their confused viewers.
London correspondent Brit correctly reported that some polling stations were in chaos and there were more than 20 police investigations into voting irregularities, including fraudulent postal votes.
A confused Chad in the studio remarked, "And these are the people who told us we didn't know how to make an election." . ? "
So less of the joy of our own political class. They don't have a leg to stand on. It already happened here, in spades.
Many of those now condemning events in America have been involved in attempts to undermine democracy in Britain for more than a decade
With the police getting tougher than ever during the latest lockdown, West Midlands Plod is promoting a new "Assistant Director of Fairness and Affiliation".
The Post pays £ 74,000 a year, three times the average wage of a police officer. This from a force that is always committed to poverty and has eliminated 2,000 front-line officers and closed a dozen police stations in recent years.
The successful candidate must "provide a first class diversity and inclusion function," whatever that means.
I don't know if to put this story under Mind How You Go or Nice Work if you can get it.
In the meantime, the West Midlands Police Commissioner, presumably in the interests of "fairness and belonging," is calling for more powers over Covid.
Elsewhere, the Old Bill are already throwing their weight around – stopping cars to ask drivers where they're going and challenging if their passengers are from the same family.
We had four people fined £ 200 each for going to McDonald's for a big breakfast, and the shoppers were returning on the way to a local supermarket.
Derbyshire Police, last seen sending drones to spy on dog walkers in the Peak District, have declared war on families on sledding in violation of Tier 4 rules.
How long does it take for them to attach machine guns to their drones and implement a "shoot-to-kill" policy?
A friend of mine who had coronavirus responded to the NHS call for volunteers to donate plasma.
The blood of those who have recovered from the virus contains antibodies that can help others who are infected with Covid-19.
He was asked a series of questions over the phone to determine his eligibility. After the usual exercise – age, gender, ethnicity, etc. – the lady on the other end said, “I hope you don't mind, but I have to ask if you have had sex with another man in the past 30 days? & # 39;
My friend paused and said, "Could you hold out while I consult my diary?"
They both laughed and she apologized again. Don't worry, he assured her, you're just doing your job.
Then she said, “Just one more question. Will you have a sex reassignment surgery? "
There is no answer to that, as Eric Morecambe always said. Granted, there are good reasons these questions are being asked of potential donors.
Still, my friend was a bit surprised. Sex reassignment surgery? You can't even get a haircut.
Some regiments have them
The army tells potential recruits, "It's okay to fail." The tagline is the latest in a series of ads targeted at sensitive millennials, including one that told potential soldiers it is okay to cry. It's a shame that this ad was not available in Frank Spencer's time. After failing every job he had, including a failed career with the RAF, Frank sought help from a psychiatrist and was thrilled when the psychiatrist told him he was a failure.
Nowadays Frank's ineptitude would qualify him for a spot on an officers' rapid training program at Sandhurst.
Brexit shot back at the French, whose President Macron was delighted that Britain would suffer from leaving the EU. UK-made snacks such as sandwiches, turkey curry tortillas and edamame bean salad are no longer available in Marks & Sparks’s 19 Paris branches. It doesn't get much more British, right? Apparently, Parisian foodies are disturbed.
Oh dear, how sad, quelle dommage. Let them eat cake.
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