The political impasse over Brexit continued to be a rich mine to seam for yesterday's opinion pages. Papers had starkly different views over the suspension of Parliament, described as "a step towards dicatorship" by one, while another said it did "not amount to political censorship".

The Times

The leader argues that "disgraceful" late-night behaviour by MPs in the House of Commons and the controversy over Theresa May's honours list are bringing parliamentarians into "further disrepute" with the public.

Before Scottish appeal court judges declared Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline is unlawful, the Times described as "hysterical" claims the suspension of Parliament is a coup.

"Democracy is not in peril and prorogation does not amount to political censorship," the leader stated.

It added: "One of many reasons that Britain voted to leave the EU in 2016 was disillusionment with party politics. There was a strong sense, hard to specify but palpable, that a privileged elite was carrying on with its games, ever more distant from the daily concerns of the public. While this is harsh on many well-meaning parliamentarians, it would be complacent to deny that there is a deficit of trust. In a parliamentary democracy, trust is a precious commodity and it is being forfeited by the self-indulgent and unpleasant behaviour of many MPs. They appear only to be listening to each other (and then not always) and ignoring the outside world."

It said the "juvenile floorshow" in the early hours where MPs brandished placards, on which they had scribbled "silenced", and the "partisan bickering" every Wednesday at Prime Minister's Questions are the "visible exhibits of a Parliament that has lost its sense of decorum".

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