That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.
Posts Tagged: House of Commons (general)
WATCH: Dodds – We told Ministers we will vote with Labour on Brexit legal advice. So they’ve folded rather than lose.
“Our understanding is that the Government is going to abstain, so the motion will be carried.”
Labour’s debate on the disclosure of legal advice about any Brexit agreement will be well worth keeping an eye on.
Jonathan Clark: Is it time to sweep away our political parties – and clear the decks for Leave v Remain?
The electorate are less and less convinced by such arguments about party identity and destiny. Far underground, the tectonic plates are moving.
It’s good for MPs to do some work outside Westminster. This will not be a quick win in the current political climate, though. So in the interim, here are some suggestions.
What will happen this week? When could a summit take place? What would the Cabinet say – and what might the Attorney General do?
Bercow, the anti-Lenthall. “I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak, in this place, but as Labour MPs are pleased to direct me, whose servant I am here.”
Even the mice in the Commons tea room know that he was put in by one party and is kept there by one party.
WATCH: The Speaker responds to the independent bullying inquiry by proposing an independent bullying inquiry
John Bercow made no comment on Dame Laura Cox’s suggestion that he and other senior officers of the Commons should be replaced.
It would be shameful if the independent inquiry into bullying in the House of Commons was obscured by political infighting.
WATCH: “Cool, calm heads” needed for the “final stages” of Brexit negotiations, May tells the Commons
“We have made progress on Northern Ireland, where the EU have been working with us.”
Media focus is on the DUP. But we can’t help suspecting that near the heart of policy is a preoccupation with those just-in-time supply chains.
Her ability to pass any Brexit bill through the Commons will depend more on the mood in the two main parties than the Northern Irish vote.
You may have thought his speech over the top. (And he may have thought so too.) But politics needs top-flight people who are really good at what they do.
There is no Commons majority for no deal, for a Canada deal mark two, or at the moment for a second referendum. But there is a majority for EFTA/EEA.
Alex Morton: A Commons with no majority – so no radical Conservative measures? You’ve forgotten about EVEL.
In England, the Tories have a majority of nearly 60 over all the other parties. So bring on new grammar schools – and much else.