Vanity Fair editor compares Theresa May to Adolf Hitler in scathing editorial

Ellen Manning

The British editor of Vanity Fair has launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Theresa May, comparing her actions to those of Adolf Hitler.

In an opinion piece titled ‘Theresa May Takes Her Darkest, Most Desperate Turn Yet’, Henry Porter dubbed the EU Withdrawal Bill the “greatest attack on the British constitution in at least a century” and said it had a “chilling historical echo” to moves made by Hitler during his rise to power.

In the editorial, Porter referred to the Commons vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill, adding: “These powers are named after Henry VIII, England’s most authoritarian monarch, but they in fact bear a greater resemblance to Hitler’s Enabling Act of 1933, which allowed the Fuhrer to bypass the Reichstag and govern by proclamation.”

Chilling – Henry Porter compared Mrs May’s moves on the EU Withdrawal Bill to those of Hitler and his 1933 Enabling Act (Pictures: AP)

He added: “Allusions to Nazi Germany are generally overwrought, but this is no exaggeration: Prime Minister Theresa May does not have an absolute majority in the British Parliament, just as Hitler didn’t in the Reichstag in 1933, which is why she has been forced to resort to his strategy.”

The piece went on to suggest that if the bill is passed, the Mrs May would be able “to make laws by decree and reverse and adapt primary legislation without consulting Parliament”, branding the result the “greatest attack on the British constitution in at least a century.”

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Adding another comparison to Nazi Germany, Mr Porter said parliamentary sovereignty could be vastly reduced by a “cabal of right-wing Conservatives who say they are obeying the people’s will”.

“Such power grabs, of course, are always done in the name of the people,” he added, commenting that the full title of the 1933 Enabling Act was: ‘The law to remedy the distress of the people and the state.’

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