Like hijackers of a plane, Boris Johnson’s ministers and acolytes are trying to keep everyone calm by giving as much as possible the impression of normality. This is the way of people seizing power by force, but let’s be clear: there is nothing that is normal about what they are doing. They are subverting our democracy in a way that is unprecedented. Elected representatives are being told to shut up about the inconvenient truths and logistics of a ruinous no-deal Brexit. Worse, Johnson is trying to deny them the right to take their seats in what was once called the “mother of parliaments” in the run up to 31 October.
Other dictatorial moves may follow if Boris Johnson’s ruse is allowed to pass. The high court must listen to our case against it