Letter: Deniers hoist with their own petard?

This letter sent to the Star was written by Cyril Olsen, Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 10:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 10:43 am
Boris Johnson. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has certainly set the cat loose amongst the parliamentary pigeons of all persuasions by having the audacity and political courage to suspend Parliament, with the Queen's traditional formal approval.

He has done so to seek to enable Brexit to be achieved by October 31, and to thwart the sabotaging actions and delaying tactics of the remain MPs intent on countermanding the democratic wish of the 17.4 million leave voters at the 2016 EU national referendum.

In spite of repeated protests and threats of doom and gloom from his opponents he has called their bluff and taken the initiative both nationally and in the EU, displaying the stripes of a tiger rather than the perceived reluctance of his predecessor to fight our corner in Brussels in accordance with the people's Brexit wishes.

It is highly ironic and derisory that now his opponents in Parliament, (with the help of the remain supporting Speaker John Bercow, who is required to be impartial on matters and is anything but), are castigating him for going against Parliament's wishes and their interpretation of the will of the people, they are accusing him of being undemocratic and acting against our constitution by ignoring their own remain wishes.

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These detractors are the very same people who by a huge majority voted in Parliament to pass the remain or leave decision to the national electorate because they felt unable to deal with the matter on their behalf. With the delegation of this task, their leaders unanimously pledged to honour the result of the referendum and its implementation.

Their reneging on this pledge is now in the annals of political infamy, together with the back stabbing of the majority Brexit constituents who had trusted them to honour the democratic voting decision delegated to them by their constituency MPs

Use of a phrase from Shakespeare's Hamlet "Hoist with his own petard" is very appropriate for these "when it suits them deniers of democracy." The phrase's literal meaning is that a bomb-maker, (a "petard" is a small explosive device), is blown up or hoisted off the ground by his own bomb, and indicates an ironic reversal, or poetic justice, in this case of the political variety.