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With One Bound Boris Was Free…

Two news film-clips offered a significant contrast in the week leading up to the prorogation of the UK Parliament on September 9: one showed Labour MPs in the House of Commons singing the “Red Flag” and waving various placards, some proclaiming SILENCED; the other had a group of young Hong Kong protesters waving Union Jacks and singing “God Save the Queen”. Both groups claimed to represent democracy. The Hong Kong protesters were demanding “genuine” free elections at considerable risk of official police violence and their own imprisonment. That’s clear enough. The Labour MPs had a less persuasive case. They had…

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