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Breaking: Sunak to be ‘crowned’ as PM as Mordaunt withdraws

Democracy disregarded yet again by Tory MPs

Rishi Sunak is about to be ‘crowned’ by the Tories as the UK’s new Prime Minister after rival Penny Mordaunt either failed to achieve the required nominations by 2pm or decided to withdraw regardless.

The new appointment – and that is probably the kindest word for it – marks yet another degradation of what masquerades as democracy in this country, with not even the tiny Conservative party membership allowed a vote. Meanwhile, the Conservative 1922 Committee has confirmed that Boris Johnson did reach the threshold before dropping out – presumably warned off by the Tory party establishment.

Meanwhile, Labour has already briefed its aim to the press of moving away from its own party membership playing a significant role in who leads that party, to ensure that no disturbance to the consensus among the main parties is permitted, at least at a parliamentary level and that there is barely room for a cigarette paper between the Tory leader and the so-called ‘opposition’.

The UK has become a one-party state, with a handful of rosette colours to create the illusion of choice.

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