Making politics matter again

It is interesting that recent developments indicate that Parliament is supreme.

Little intricacies like calling the government into contempt as a result of its actions prove that Parliament is indeed the highest court in the land.

I fear this is indicative that – up till now most MPs, just as they seem not to know where money comes from, seem also unaware of their own collective powers.

Legal advice may be specific to a government or cabinet, but it is also specific to the electorate. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if we had had access to the same original legal advice on the Iraq War?

If only our voting system was even imperfectly (it only ever could be) ‘proportional’, so that party monoliths did not prevent intelligent and individual thought, our constitution might have a chance of actually working rather well – making voting matter again!

 

Comments

  1. Jennifer (aka Jeni, Havantaclu) Parsons -

    And, had Jeremy Corbyn had the fire – or the guts – to join Nicola Sturgeon in calling for a vote of no confidence yesterday, Parliament might again have been able to demonstrate its supremacy. But the moment has passed – and so has any chance that Corbyn may have had of being Prime Minister.

  2. Peter May -

    I entirely agree – although I’m less sure that Corbyn has lost out on being PM but, although it might be politically advantageous to Labour it seems highly dangerous for the country that he won’t call for that vote of confidence. It doesn’t inspire confidence in Corbyn from the rest of us…

  3. Peter May -

    Indeed better still, would be, amid the current legal ruling, a motion to withdraw Article 50 unless Parliament is actually able to agree on a Brexit withdrawal plan.
    Otherwise what on earth is the point?

    1. Andrew Dickie -

      John Major has already asked for Article 50 to be withdrawn:

      https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/12/john-major-we-need-to-revoke-article-50-with-immediate-effect-2/?fbclid=IwAR0vcAfMnAaUWXNJHYahHjq1Wh_DKmJvJSJbtHf7V3wgakFDkGj_uie5oj8

      As to Corbyn’s alleged “lack of fire”, a failed “No Confidence” motion (and it WOULD have failed), would have united the Tories behind May, so that this evening’s “No Confidence” vote on her leadership by Tory MP’s would certainly not be occurring.

      Timing, and prospects of success are prime considerations when moving a “No Confidence” motion, otherwise it’s just “The Charge of the Light Brigade” up the wrong valley, against massed artillery.

  4. Peter May -

    Thank you. I’m suitably criticised. Have to agree!

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