I have witnessed three coups and attempted coups – two in Russia and one in Britain. One was ended politically, one with tanks, the present coup attempt is still not settled. There are decisive lessons on how to deal with them which precisely apply to the present attempted coup by Johnson.
Statements from Boris Johnson and some of his leading supporters make it absolutely clear, beyond doubt, that this is an attempted coup against parliament. They have followed up their plan to suspend parliament with the declaration that they may ignore any laws passed by it in the few days allowed under their plan.
It is crucial in the present situation, faced with an attempted coup, to understand why Johnson can’t prorogue Parliament unless MPs let him.