Friday, September 6, 2019

Boris Johnson Receives a Second Thwack

Boris Johnson has now received a double thwack in two days. 

The UK prime minister (left) couldn't have his way on Tuesday and then MPs shunned his motion for a snap general election, which is his escape route from the crisis, on Wednesday. 

First, MPs had backed a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit if the prime minister hadn't agreed a plan with the EU ahead of the ‘Leave’ deadline. 

(You may read more from my post on Wednesday titled “Brexit is Messing Up the UK”).

Second, the prime minister pushed for an early election, saying the Tuesday vote had scuppered negotiations and left him unable to mediate a deal. And he chose October 15. 

Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn scoffed at Johnson’s snap poll proposal as being “a bit like the offer of an apple to Snow White by the wicked queen”. 

Anyway, Johnson needed two thirds of all MPs to vote in favour under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – but the outcome only saw 298 say “Aye”, 56 say “Nay” and 288 abstained. Meaning, 136 short of the number he needed. 

Labour sources had informed the BBC the party had sat on the fence – although three MPs did vote for and 28 against. 

The SNP too rightly abstained. 

Boris Johnson is painting himself into a corner. After only 43 days in office.

On a side note, a general election is still likely because Labour have already signaled that they would back Johnson’s call for an early poll – BUT only once the bill opposing a no-deal Brexit bill has been passed. 

The China Open (September 04-08, 2019), which is the first PSA World Tour event of the 2019/20 season isn’t a good hunting ground for Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern (right) this time around.

The Dutch Number 1, Milou van der Heijden vanquished her 3-0 (16-14, 11-9, 11-3) in 31 minutes on Wednesday.

Never mind, just move on! There's always another tournament. There's always another time to stage a comeback. Believe!

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