Luvvies label Boris Johnson a ‘dictator’ and liken him to Charles I

Children’s author Philip Pullman hints Boris Johnson should be HANGED and firebrand scientist Richard Dawkins brands him a ‘dictator’ as luvvie attack on PM continues after prorogue move

  • Philip Pullman hinted Boris Johnson should be ‘hanged’ over proroguing
  • Author, 72, was then slammed on social media for ‘inciting violence’  
  • Comes as celebrities have branded PM ‘undemocratic’ and a ‘dictator’ 
  • He was also compared to Charles I who sparked English Civil War in 1600s 

Celebrity ‘luvvies’ have been leading a backlash against Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament with author Philip Pullman even hinting he should be ‘hanged’.

Pullman, author of His Dark Materials which is being turned into a BBC series this year, said on Twitter: ‘When I hear the name “Boris Johnson”, for some reason the words ‘rope’ and ‘nearest lamp-post’ come to mind as well.’

It is one of many angry messages on social media today and follows an expletive-laden rant from Hollywood actor Hugh Grant yesterday.

Many were quick to condemn Pullman’s tweet and warn him he could face a ban for ‘inciting violence’, with some promising to report it to Twitter.

Others questioned if he meant for the Prime Minister or himself, while some criticised him for the ‘inappropriate tweet’ and said he had a ‘vile and bigoted’ mindset.

MailOnline has contacted Twitter and Pullman’s representatives for comment. 

Philip Pullman led the backlash against Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament and even hinted the Prime Minister should be ‘hanged’, sparking outrage online

The author said the words ‘rope and nearest lamp-post’ came to mind when he thought of the politician, although it is unclear if he was referring to Mr Johnson or himself

It prompted a huge reaction on Twitter with some asking who Pullman was referring to

MP Sarah Wollaston led criticism by calling for the author to delete the tweet and adding ‘no one should give a scrap of incitement to violence, especially those with great influence’

Others criticised the author for a ‘vile and bigoted mindset’ and said they would avoid his books in the future

Others pleaded with Pullman to ‘pause’ and think about his words and get rid of the tweet to avoid getting banned 

Last night Love Actually star Grant called the PM a ‘over-promoted rubber bath toy’ and added he would not ‘f*** with my children’s future’.

Today the PM was branded a ‘dictator’ by author Richard Dawkins and compared to King Charles I by food critic Jay Rayner, who led the country into civil war in the 1600s after dissolving Parliament.   

It comes after Mr Johnson secured The Queen’s approval to suspend Parliament for a month, from no earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14. 

Author Richard Dawkins added: ‘Whatever else “Take back control” meant, it surely did not mean a coup d’état to wrest control from parliament and hand it over to a dictator.’

And Rayner added: ‘Oh look. On my watch it’s 10.28, but in Downing Street it appears to be 1629.’

BBC presenter Gary Lineker, left, branded the Government ‘remarkably undemocratic’ while author Richard Dawkins, right, called Mr Johnson a ‘dictator’

Lineker, who earned £1.75million with the BBC last year, disputed the government’s argument that proroguing was to set out new legislation

The former footballer also sarcastically said it was ‘great to have our sovereignty back’, referring to Leave campaign rhetoric during the referendum

Meanwhile Dawkins said the ‘take back control’ rhetoric did not mean ‘a coup d’etat’ 

Food critic Jay Rayner even compared Mr Johnson to King Charles I who dissolved Parliament in 1629, eventually leading to the English Civil War

Meanwhile Gary Lineker, who is the BBC’s top earner after taking home £1.75million last year, said this government was ‘remarkably undemocratic’ and added politicians in favour of Brexit had been ‘crooked’ in the way they ‘sold it’ to the nation.

He wrote on Twitter last night: ‘Great to get our sovereignty back,’ followed by ‘The government’s argument that they’re doing this for democracy is remarkably undemocratic’, this morning. 

After being challenged by Piers Morgan that he has been calling for the result of the EU referendum to be ‘ignored’, he added: ‘Never have i said that we should ignore the result. That indeed would be undemocratic. 

‘We could though look at the crooked, lying nature of how it was sold to us back then by the elite now dictating (literally) and decide as a democratic country if that’s still what we want.’

The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci suggested protests outside Buckingham Palace because the Prime Minister had ‘dragged the Queen into it’

Historian and presenter Simon Schama backed calls for a Parliamentary sit in and challenged the PM to try to remove MPs

Even Star Trek actor George Takei criticised Mr Johnson, calling his actions ‘anti-Democratic’

The Queen also came under fire, with The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci suggesting protests be staged outside Buckingham Palace. 

He wrote on Twitter: In this exceptional time, protests should be more than about venting frustration; they need to be effective. 

‘Those who’ve undermined our democracy won’t take any notice of protests outside Parliament. They will, though, if they were outside Buckingham Palace.

‘Sorry Queen, your Prime Minister dragged you into this…’ 

Yesterday Labour MP Kate Osamor, who notoriously used House of Commons headed notepaper to ask a judge not to jail her son for drug dealing, tweeted: ‘The Queen should look at what happened to her cousin Tino ex King of Greece when you enable a right wing coup! Monarchy abolished!’ 

Grant tweeted: ‘You will not f*** with my children’s future. You will not destroy the freedoms my grandfather fought two world wars to defend.

‘F*** off you over-promoted rubber bath toy. Britain is revolted by you and you [sic] little gang of masturbatory prefects.’

Labour MP Kate Osamor (left) and actor Hugh Grant (pictured in an animated conversation at Wimbledon) took to social media following the day’s tumultuous political events

Kate Osamor warned the Queen should ‘look at what happened’ in the case of the abolition of the Greek monarchy

Mr Grant was characteristically cool-tempered as he took to Twitter to query the PM’s policy

Actor Rufus Sewell praised ‘the thisness of this’ in relation to Johnson’s tweet and David Baddiel lightheartedly added: ‘I sort of wish that this was the speech he’d given to Billy Bob Thornton in Love, Actually.’

However several respondents took to Twitter to bring up Mr Grant’s dalliance with prostitute Divine Brown, in his car on an LA highway in 1995.

Piers Morgan tweeted Grant’s LAPD mugshot calling him ‘Halo Hugh, Britain’s moral standard-bearer.’

The Queen yesterday approved Boris Johnson’s request to prorogue Parliament no earlier than September 9 and no later than September 12, until October 14.

Opposition leaders had been hoping to use the period after Parliament returns from its summer recess on September 3 to work on a law to prevent a no-deal Brexit, in light of the PM’s promise to take the UK out of the European Union by the October 31 deadline whether or not an agreement had been reached.


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