OVER the years I have witnessed many debates in Parliament but never observed such an exhibition of outright violation of human decency as displayed by our Prime Minister last Wednesday evening.

Instead of attending the morning session after Parliament had been recalled, he chose to remain in his bunker and not face the leader of the opposition but sent his Attorney General to defend the indefensible – the Attorney General being the man whose misplayed advice led to the ruling of the Supreme Court that our leader had broken the law and mislead the sovereign.

The torrent of abuse that followed, aimed at the opposition but mostly Jeremy Corbyn, set the stage for the strategy, devised by that shadowy man in the background, namely Dominic Cummins, to be set into motion.

Later in the day, Boris Johnson finally emerged from his bunker and portrayed his true colours as the Bullingdon Bully.

No offer of a resignation or apology was forthcoming but instead he promised to again break the law and if necessary leave the EU without a deal. True to form he brushed aside all opposition in a manner that demanded the post of Prime Minister.

Regardless of the final outcome of Brexit, it will probably take a long time to heal the divisions in our society.

Given Mr Johnson’s historical bent, quoting Charles I and Henry VII, if he had misled a sovereign during their reigns, matters might quite literally have come to a head.

Maurice Baker, Spennymoor