Johnson’s a habitual plotter too, but this time he actually needs a cunning plan
There is an obscure law called the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 that allows the government to override Parliament in the event of a national emergency. If Boris Johnson could engineer such an emergency, he could ignore the 'surrender bill' (as he calls it) that forces him to seek an extension rather than crash out on Oct. 31.
What kind of an emergency? Well, it would probably require blood in the streets, which Boris Johnson can only obtain by provoking Leave supporters to acts of violence. That is why he now uses extreme language to stoke resentment and mobilize anger, talking incessantly about betrayal and treachery. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia