2022 – Democracy in jeopardy as Boris Johnson rips up the rulebook | Letters

Jacinda Ardern rightly draws attention to the fragility of democracy (New Zealand’s prime minister speaks about gun control and democracy at Harvard on May 27). Boris Johnson makes a blatant attempt to save his neck by reviewing the ministerial act (Boris Johnson accused of changing the ministerial act to “save his skin”, May 27). How long before he changes the other cornerstones of British democracy? Why bother reviewing selected committees? Why go through the difficult and expensive electoral process? Why not appoint a prime minister for life?

Johnson is as filthy as any man who set foot in politics, but voters need to look to the prolific group of sycophants who keep him in office. As we watch Johnson and his cronies secretly undermine our democracy, future generations may come to terms with a very different political landscape: one that cannot be easily ousted.
Lynn Copley
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

The Hoaxes in Downing Street and the apparent vindication of the main political figure after a police investigation (except for a fine) reminded me of Bullingdon Club behaviour. Rich “children” get drunk, ransack the house, scold servants, disregard the laws that apply to the common man, and are driven out by a weak police force after violent acts by expensive lawyers.

That sounded bad enough, but it seems that Boris Johnson has now decided to use his power to protect himself by changing the ministerial act. So much for our unwritten constitution, British values ​​and the rule of law. I am angry at this rudeness.
Anne Carlo
Glasgow

Much of Britain’s constitution, which is based on both convention and law, depends on the integrity of its government. It follows that a dissident Prime Minister, who lacks integrity and a submissive majority in the House of Commons, can amend this somewhat unamended Constitution for his own benefit. This government has a track record of changing and trying to change both agreements and laws, of which the changes to the Ministerial Code of Conduct are the most recent example. This is what makes this government so dangerous. It reinforces the trend towards an irresponsible electoral dictatorship. We must not be content with the vulnerabilities of our vaunted democracy.
Roy Buffy
Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Marina Hyde likens Cabinet’s comments to the gig’s portal to quantum physics (no motor, no backbone, so little vision: even science can’t explain creatures’ clinging to Johnson, May 27), but he’s also a Marxist. Groucho, when presiding over a meeting in the movie Duck Soup, doesn’t allow any point because the current agenda item is “old work.” He immediately moves on to “new work”, but rejects the previous point because “this is really old work”.
Joe Locker
Surbiton, London

Marina Hyde would have found a word in another science, biology, to explain Boris Johnson and the strange creatures that cling to him: “atavism”. Atyphism is a distinctive feature that disappeared from the genome of a species several generations ago, only to suddenly reappear – usually to the detriment of the species as a whole.
Pauline Caldwell
Derby

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