The fifth of a series of pieces from Policy Exchange looking at specific issues that arise from the Brexit trade deal.
Posts Tagged: Constitution and democracy
In a self-repudiating speech, he sets out his plan to ‘make the case for the United Kingdom’ by making it as insignificant to our lives as he possibly can.
An embattled Scottish local authority is trying to bypass Holyrood’s stranglehold and appeal to the city’s other government. Time for the Union to prove itself.
Repeal will to restore politics – and the electorate – to its rightful place at the core of the United Kingdom’s constitution.
Surely they have seen enough zombie films to know that pumping yet more bullets into a zombie doesn’t work. Fresh tactics, not ‘more powers’, are needed.
Ministers are indeed attempting to restore the power to call an election to the Prime Minister, using the Royal Prerogative – and shield it from the courts.
Labour administrations have undermined the constitutional settlement through misgovernment and pushing for more and yet more powers.
The broad constitutional consensus Starmer cited is fragile, and based on part on a substantial minority of unionists falsifying their preferences.
Starmer attacks Johnson for breaking the “very broad consensus” on the constitution. The latter claims he meant the SNP’s record is the ‘disaster’.
What use a large majority if the Prime Minister cannot, or will not, prevail over an electorally insignificant lobby of progressive constitutionalists?
Finding a new Chief of Staff is only the start of the changes that Johnson needs to make his government work.
Johnson’s supporters still think the controversial provisions can be delivered if the Government holds its nerve. But the clock is ticking.
Henry Hill: Tories claim Drakeford has turned Wales into ‘test-bed for left-wing socialist authority’
Also: another miserable week in Government for the SNP; the deep damage of the Irish Protocol grow clearer by the day; and more.
The First Minister’s absurd decree banning the sale of ‘non-essential’ goods spotlights the tension between devolved lockdowns and reserved finances.
In 2014 the rules were almost designed to maximise the independence vote. This time London must take the question much more seriously.