This morning, Boris Johnson has switched off the UK’s representative democracy because he doesn’t like what it tells him. And he’s going to ignore the law over a no-deal Brexit. I thought Brexit had already destroyed our standing in the world; turns out we can go lower.

@Floppy What's actually happening in the UK? How does one simply turn off a representative democracy? Is he like a dictator now and how is any of that legally possible?

@trash it’s legal because in the UK, “asking the Queen to do it” basically trumps everything else. It’s ridiculous in this century.

@Floppy The queen legit "turned off" democracy? And let some guy become dictator?

@trash for the next 5 week, there is no democratic control over the UK government, because they’re playing the system. It’s close enough to dictatorship for me. We should do better.

@trash he’s misusing a convention normally used after elections to close this session of Parliament and start another, but with a HUGE gap, when normally it would be a few days at most. And he’s doing it at a critical time when we need Parliament working.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Open social media for the UK

A social media community hosted in the UK; part of the Mastodon/ActivityPub federated social network, which allows you to follow users on other communities. It's a bit like Twitter but without a single company in control.

If you use this server, you are required to abide by our Code of Conduct. If you don't like it, there are plenty of other communities you can use.

If you're coming here from Twitter, there are some very useful services to help you find friends and automatically crosspost toots that you might like to set up once you're signed in.


This is a volunteer-run community administered by @floppy, and hosted by Mastohost in the UK. Please support our running costs by joining the Open Collective and becoming a backer. Thanks go to our existing backers - this place exists because of them!

Service status is available from our status page and the @status account.