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Posts Tagged: Constitution and democracy
The traditional uniform helped to anonymise the office-holder beneath the office, and took humility to wear. Whoever succeeds him should restore it.
May is right to press ahead with the Withdrawal Bill. Westminster’s prerogatives should be defended tactfully, but they must be defended.
Alex Morton: Are you angry with the Lords? If so, don’t threaten to abolish or elect it. Here’s a better reform.
It should be able to amend proposed legislation only once – or propose laws itself once, with the Commons only needing to vote against these to block them.
Not being able to blame Brussels for our problems nor look to the EU for solutions will be immensely reinvigorating.
The Shadow Cabinet member alleges that the Conservatives are stacking the constitution in favour of the executive, and the economy in favour of the rich.
“I fully expect the Lords to respect the will of the House of Commons and indeed the people, who obviously voted to leave in the referendum.”
A lesson of the claims made against the Speaker is that there is no adequate means of holding him to account when Commons’ conventions break down.
Two in five are for an elected element. And a quarter want the old Lord Hailsham “elective dictatorship” option – abolition.
Also: Sinn Fein defend senator’s ‘unionist’ credentials; Plaid bid to outlaw mockery of the Welsh language; and London and Edinburgh face Supreme Court showdown.
“Are you seriously saying we should not have a system that checks whether people are legitimately in this country?” our Executive Editor asks the Guardian columnist.
Also: DUP maintain a tough line on Brexit as Sinn Fein try to woo unionists with Senate appointment; and SNP have to delay devolution again.
A decision has been put off. But the debate isn’t taking place in a vacuum. Brexit is less than a year away. And delay is damaging Britain’s negotiating position.
“Were we to have come to Parliament to say ‘this is what our intentions are’, then not only Syria but Russia itself would have responded as well.”
Our assistant editor talks to the New Statesman’s Jonn Elledge about why the new legislatures have not defeated nationalism, improved governance, or stabilised the constitution.