AT this point how anyone can be defending Boris Johnson's actions are beyond me.

Let's get real, when he shut down parliament the Prime Minister knew what he was doing - using one of his bag of tricks to force through a no deal Brexit.

Prorogation? A more apt word for it was provocation.

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And so it proved as the Supreme Court gave its bombshell verdict the PM had acted illegally.

What he did of course was drag The Queen into this.

Through his actions The Queen, in effect, acted unlawfully, but of course she had no choice but to follow the PM and his advice.

Long time Fair Point readers will know my views on the Monarchy but misleading The Queen, and dragging her right in the middle of a political and constitutional crisis - it's not exactly a good look.

Attacking parliamentary democracy was never likely to turn out well.

His other tactic, using a general election to run down the clock, was rejected in parliament. It was game playing that the MPs were not willing to go along with.

So what will the PM try next, or will he have to reconsider the strategy entirely.

The biggest question really is whether he will follow the law brought before the prorogation, and send the letter to the EU asking for the extension.

Having said he will follow the law, but not send that letter, those things are simply not compatible.

The route out of this is renegotiating a deal that would get through parliament. But when you hear negotiations have stalled with the EU, who are waiting for credible alternatives to the backstop, you have to think there isn't going to be a new deal.

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So that just leaves the PM stuck in a mess of his own making.

His plan to win the inevitable forthcoming election will be to play this as 'parliament verses the people'.

But what happens when 'the people' see through this.

His major miscalculation is that he will think he can get all Brexiteers on his side who he might assume support a no deal as they will 'just want Brexit it done'.

But I would imagine a large number would want to leave in the best way possible, with the least disruption, and not want a no deal.