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Posts Tagged: Constitution and democracy
Nicky Morgan: Country before Party? It’s a false choice. The country needs the governing party to deliver on Brexit.
The best outcome is for the Government and its partners to deliver the majority verdict of the referendum and of the last election.
Also: SNP insist on leading Holyrood inquiry into Sturgeon’s handling of Salmond allegations; and Ulster Unionists call for Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
A new report by the Society of Conservative Lawyers argues that prior Parliamentary approval for military action is a dangerous game and has no constitutional law basis.
It would be responsible for promoting the British brand right across the country – and there is a lot to promote.
If the United Kingdom’s negotiating position appears incoherent, much of the blame rests with those who put the legislature in charge.
Cardiff Bay has incubated an insular cartel whose hostility to reform is delivering public apathy and policy failure.
Our Government alone isn’t entitled to finalise a deal. It must have Parliamentary endorsement. And this Commons rejected the deal by a record margin.
Stella Creasy & Debbie Abrahams: A referendum got us here. Now let a Citizens’ Assembly – and more direct democracy – take us forward.
We want to learn from what other Parliaments have done when faced with difficult choices. Such an assembly would report back within ten weeks.
Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.
Trouble in Grantham – Boles’s association executive intends to accelerate deselection proceedings against him
He would have the right to a full ballot of the local membership. But an already strained local relationship, combined with Brexit, makes it an uphill struggle.
Chris White: The Cooper amendment threatens to damage the constitution in ways that would be very hard to repair
The constitutional crisis MPs are threatening to bring down on all our heads will have wide-ranging and severe consequences.
Jonathan Clark: Representative democracy is waning, direct democracy is waxing. So its MPs themselves who will “come to heel”
The object of the exercise is to absorb within a stable democratic practice a new element which, if unabsorbed, may have fatal effects.
Opposing it in the hope of something better risks ending up with the worst possible outcome: no Brexit at all.
“I served in Northern Ireland, and I lost good colleagues – to protect the Union. I will not vote for anything that doesn’t protect the Union.”