Supreme Court ruling shows Tories are so out of touch - Stephen Hepburn MP

Misleading the Queen is something that in the past would've seen the offender locked in the Tower, but we dragged Tory Boris Johnson to Parliament.

Friday, 13th September 2019, 9:57 am
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 9:38 pm
Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by PA

Oh to be a fly on the wall next time he goes to see a monarch who I believe will be furious he treated her with contempt, abusing our venerable head of state to play his silly political games.

What is it about Conservative posh boy Old Etonian Prime Ministers? First David Cameron angers Buckingham Palace by bragging how he engineered a royal intervention in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum then Johnson apparently misled her to secure Parliament's suspension?

The disloyalty is appalling, careless breaches of confidence and manipulating the Queen, showing the stomach-churning contempt of Tories unfit to rule.

The unanimous Supreme Court ruling restored the rule of law and a sovereign Parliament. It wasn't about stopping or scrapping Brexit. Tories can't be above the law, allowed to break it when they wish.

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The judgement illustrated how out of touch these arrogant, aloof Conservative bullies are as they make life harder for many people here on Tyneside and in Britain.

I popped recently into Hebburn Helps to see the brilliant team of volunteers in the foodbank, led by inspiring founders Jo Durkin and Angie Comerford, who save people from the scrapheap under the Conservatives.

The people freely giving their time and often money too to help others, including folk at South Tyneside Key Project and Churches Together, are a lifeline from destitution for struggling Geordies.

I applaud the marvellous people who work and generously donate to food banks, displaying a great community spirit, yet I know they agree with me that it shouldn't be necessary.

Decent wages and a social security system leaving nobody behind would mean no rocketing 300% rise in those relying on charity to avoid starving since 2010 when the Conservatives, with the support of the Liberal Democrats for five years, imposed an austerity fatwa.

Research by the Child Poverty Action Group found even families with two parents working full-time on the minimum wage are £49 per week short of what experts define as a basic, no-frills living standard.

A lone parent grafting full-time on the minimum wage is £74 per week short, even a reasonably paid job leaving them £56 per week short of an adequate income because of the high cost of childcare.

Universal Credit's a nightmare when claimants are forced to wait penniless up to eight weeks before a first payment of Universal Credit so those losing jobs through no fault of their own are punished as if they're criminals.

Johnson doesn't just mislead the Queen; these Tories, pretending life's fine, are conning and whacking working people even harder.