And again …

...”During debate on a bill designed to force Mr Johnson to seek an extension to Brexit talks if he cannot get a deal, Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh said: “The difficulty we face is that most laws are relatively easy of interpretation, because they prevent you doing something, rather than make you do something.

“They prevent you murdering your wife, they don’t make you love your wife.” …”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-commons-debate-parliament-speech-bercow-jo-cox-death-language-a9121281.html

And here it goes – intended consequences of inflammatory speech by PM

“Man ‘arrested trying to get into Labour MP Jess Phillips’ office in Birmingham’ ”

“MP Jess Phillips has said a man has been arrested after trying to get into her constituency office while reportedly shouting that she was a “fascist”.

Ms Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, said her staff had to be locked in the office while the man allegedly tried to “smash the windows” and “kick the door”.

She told LBC Radio: “I’ve only just heard about it myself, but my staff had to be locked into my office while the man tried to smash the windows and kick the door, I believe.

“I don’t know what I can say because the man has been arrested. But he was shouting that I was a fascist, apparently.”

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/man-arrested-trying-to-get-into-labour-mp-jess-phillips-office-in-birmingham-a4247631.html

Daughter of Yvette Cooper MP talks about effect of incendiary language on MPs children

And just watch – this girl WILL get trolled.

“I rarely actually tweet, especially about politics – am more of the silent retweeter – but after the chilling scenes in Parliament last night I just don’t think I can stay quiet anymore. There’s a group of young people and children that need to be spoken for. (A thread.)

The language used by our Prime Minister – not a far-right populist or provocative journalist, but our Prime Minister – is just beyond words.

The fact that the head of our government is actually using language that helps incite violence toward MPs is so beyond dangerous I can’t even comprehend it in a modern society.

This isn’t funny any more. Whatever egotistical game Boris Johnson has been playing since he was at Eton, this isn’t entitled teenagers standing blindly by their positions in an attempt to one-up their friends anymore.

This of rising hatred is costing people their lives.

I was 17 when Jo Cox was murdered. I just rang my mum, who is Yvette Cooper, on my way home from school to complain about the usual things and I distinctly remember her interrupting me to say “An MP’s been shot.”

I can honestly say my perspective of the world completely changed that day. Before then, my mum’s job was something that kept her working later then bedtime when I was a kid, the source of embarrassing conversations at school, the reason we travelled to and fro between Yorkshire and London every week for the first two thirds of my life.

It was never something that could get her killed.
I am scared.

I am scared when I scroll through the replies to her tweets calling her a liar and a traitor.

I am scared when our house gets fitted with panic buttons, industrial-locking doors and explosive bags to catch the mail.

I am scared because on the 16th of June 2016, two children said goodbye to their mother before she left for her constituency to sit in surgeries and help people all day, and never saw her again. I am scared every single day that the same will happen to mine.

Because she is trying her best to help people. To make their lives better. Even if we disagree with our politicians, when was this something we actively wanted to hurt them for?
Of course Brexit is contentious. Of course people have strong opinions, opinions that will inevitably come into conflict when trying to work out how best to deliver an outcome that split our country in two.

But what we need now is a Prime Minister who can stand up and
say “Yes I want to deliver Brexit, but regardless of my position, this inflammatory and aggressive language needs to stop. We need to treat each other with humanity and respect.”

Boris Johnson, take a stand. It’s your job to unite the country.

Or you will be responsible for putting other people’s lives at risk.

Surely you can raise your head out of the sand enough to see that much?

This whole thing has gone too far. When people start getting hurt is the moment that we should step back and ask if any of this is even worth it. All the anger and the screaming and the taking sides. The traitors and the liars and the surrendering.

Why has this become a matter of life and death? Does someone have to die for us all to realise that we have gotten in far too deep and far too aggressively?

The thing is, someone already has died. Do we not have the decency and compassion to see that? Can we not all just treat each other like people again?

Because I’m terrified if we don’t that something awful is going to happen again. At this rate, that seems like the only thing that could stop us in our tracks. We need to change the way we act towards our MPs before it goes too far because if not I have no doubt it will.”

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1177202032823939072.html?fbclid=IwAR17e-2HOUa7HFFtMUmbXHB5PoiETiS_EmFQVRy7kKBP3bQJYtfnWbO4m4g

How do you purge Parliament of the spreaders of hatred (and muck)?

If you found the language and behaviour used by Boris Johnson and his cronies objectionable, how do you object? How do you change things?

You can’t write to MPs Swire (retiring) or Parish as they will stick up for him.

You can’t write to most local, regional or national newspapers because they are his sycophantic mouthpieces. And the people who need to know it is objectionable and why don’t read newspapers critical of him.

You can demonstrate, but those demonstrations will be ignored or misrepresented.

Just one thing left – get a decent (and I mean decent) candidate to oppose him, make it a STRAIGHT fight between him and that candidate in his constituency and make every effort to persuade the voters there to

VOTE HIM OUT

Use the democratic processes he scorns and despises to oust him.

The same way a Tory candidate should be in a straight fight with Claire Wright in East Devon and even (hope beyond hope here) against Parish in Tiverton and Honiton.

“Petition on changing governance arrangements at city council reaches threshold for referendum”

Time to think about this in East Devon?

“A petition calling for a referendum on changing Sheffield City Council’s governance arrangements has reached the required number of signatures of 5% of the electorate, the local authority has confirmed.

The petition, which was received by the council on 24 August 2019, calls for Sheffield to be run via a committee system, with one or more committees made up of elected councillors, instead of the current executive arrangements, with a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by the other elected councillors.

The council said a referendum on the issue would be held no later than the end of the next ordinary day of election after the petition date (i.e. not later than 7 May 2020).

Sheffield said it was currently developing options following July’s Full Council meeting where a review was agreed, the findings of which are due to be reported on within six months.

“The review will include input from a cross party group of councillors as well as stakeholders, to help inform the proposals for how a committee system could work,” it added.

Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement that 5% of the electorate have signed this petition and I would like to thank the people who have signed as well as those who have organised the petition.

“This is a positive opportunity to improve how the council works and gain a wide range of views from different people, groups and partners across the city. We want as many people as possible to engage in this debate, and reach as many as possible of the remaining 95% of the people in this city, which is why, as well as looking at governance systems, we want to listen to people about how the council engages and serves the people of Sheffield regardless of which governance system is in place.”

Cllr Dore added: “We will also be speaking with all of our partners, across the public, private and voluntary sectors, who we work with to make the right decisions, making Sheffield a great place to live, learn, work and enjoy.

“We want a big conversation about how we make the decisions that affect and improve people’s lives.”

Cllr Terry Fox, Sheffield’s Deputy Leader, will lead the review which includes the options for governance models, looking at the different benefits of the committee system and the current Leader and Cabinet system.”

https://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/governance/396-governance-news/41511-petition-on-changing-governance-arrangements-at-city-council-reaches-threshold-for-referendum

“Devon MP Hugo Swire will not stand in the next General Election”

Owl says: FRIT! FRIT! FRIT!

“The Member of Parliament for East Devon says he will not stand in the next general election.

Conservative MP Hugo Swire, who was first elected in 2000, insists that he will continue to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson but says he will not be standing for re-election.

Announcing his decision via social media this evening, he said: “At a meeting earlier this evening of the Executive if the East Devon Conservative Association I announced that I would not be standing for re-election as the Member of Parliament.

“It was my original intention to stand down in 2022, when the next general election was scheduled to be held.”

He continued: “I served in a number of different roles in opposition, including in the shadow cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In Government I was first appointed as Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office and then Minister of State in the Foreign Commonwealth Office.

“Whilst I was honoured to have been appointed to these roles, my greatest privilege has been to serve my constituents, regardless of their political allegiance, I am truly grateful for consistently returning me at elections and will continue to serve them to the best of my ability until an election is called.”

Reaffirming his support to Mr Johnson, he added: “We live in challenging political times, but I remain convinced that to bring the country back together we need to deliver on Brexit and I shall continue to support the Prime Minster and the Government in their endeavours.”

The announcement prompted quick reaction from the prospective parliamentary candidates (PPC) for East Devon.

Eleanor Rylance, for the Liberal Democrats, said: “Conservative chaos continues.”

And independent PPC Clair Wright simply posted a ghost emoji after Mr Swire shared his announcement on Twitter.”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/devon-mp-hugo-swire-not-3314246