A century on from the granting of Votes for Women we should honour our manifesto pledge to deliver Votes for Life. A new Private Member’s Bill offers the opportunity.
Plus: Soubry may quit the Tories, which I would regret. And: Why Labour’s silence on 100 years of votes for working class men?
No council has ever held a referendum on tax rises over five per cent. Javid’s decision to raise the cap means taxpayers will be hit without the democratic chance to object.
Some of the powers it proposes to give to ministers are not democratically acceptable. But peers should correct these flaws, not seek to block Brexit itself.
And the Republicans have forgotten how to stop a demagogue from becoming their presidential candidate.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.
Even the hard Left now admit that the claim that people are happy to pay more is hollow. Their answer? Harness the politics of envy and division.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
Iran’s demonstrators are asking for reform, and all democrats should openly support their goals.
The doom-mongers and nay-sayers grumble out of self-interest. Meanwhile, Brexit Britain is strong and set to grow stronger.
Noel Malcolm warns that the European Court of Human Rights has become a threat to democracy.
That means defending NATO from encroachment by an EU army, and supporting Central and Eastern European countries in staying out of the Euro.
It would be the logical next step after taking back control from Brussels. And it would pull the rug from under Corbyn’s feet.
Parliament is not, should not be and probably cannot be a faithful reflection of the flux that confuses us in daily life.