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Rumpole is in the heart of democracy today. The United Kingdom. It is a country that does not put immigrant children in cages and it is a country where its prime minister does not threaten nuclear annihilation to other countries, as our own president did on Monday to Afghanistan (news coverage here) in the same oval office occupied by giants like Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt,Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Just moments ago, around 7:10 a.m. Miami time, 10 past noon here in London, as Rumpole downed a pint at the Dog and Duck, came the news that Boris Johnson will be the next PM of England.
A long history of tradition will now go into motion and it will end with the new PM taking residence at 10 Downing Street by tonight. No interregnum here.
The current PM will soon be making her way to Buckingham Palace where Theresa May will meet with Queen Elizabeth and tender her resignation. May will recommend to her Majesty that Boris Johnson he invited to meet with the Queen and that the Queen should ask him to become PM.
Soon thereafter, Mr. Johnson will receive an invitation to meet with the Queen and in a private meeting she will ask him to be her next Prime Minister and to form a government. Based on what we know of this extraordinary transfer of power, Queen Elizabeth will talk about all the PMs she has known and worked with, Winston Spencer Churchill being her first.
Johnson will accept the invitation from his Queen to form a government, and Britain, who once again is standing almost alone in a world of darkness, no help from the United States, will show the world how a true democracy acts. There will be no chants of "lock her up" for former PM Theresa May. Mr. Johnson will not denigrate his political opponents by threatening to send them from whence they came.
And England, and not the United States, is once again a shining beacon of democracy in a world where the United States has forfeited any pretense of a right to lead.
Democracies do not put foreign infants and children in cages.
Democracies do not threaten nuclear annihiliation of other countries.
Deomcracies do not threaten to prosecute and jail members of the opposition party.
Democracies welcome those who come to them seeking freedom and a better life.
England, this small island, once again stands almost alone, proud, resolute, indefatigable, and free.