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Let’s have honesty about the costs of the Westminster retrofit


As the narrow result of the 2016 EU referendum (which has no legal standing, and was for approval only) was conveniently interpreted by hard right Tory MP’s as ‘the will of the people’, and is still being portrayed (3 years later) as ‘what the country wants’, have we become a ‘direct democracy’ like Switzerland?! We have heard a great deal about the 17.4m people who voted to leave, but the 16.14m people who voted to remain continue to be ignored. However, as we are still a ‘representative democracy’, the tyranny of the (very slim) majority should not prevail, when parliament is sovereign (in spite of Mrs May’s attempt to bypass it with Henry VIII powers only curbed by Gina Miller’s successful judicial review) and must decide what is best for the country. Our unwritten constitution remains as the sovereignty of ‘the queen in parliament’, and there is still a glimmer of hope that the parliamentary system might still work (by revoking Article 50). In spite of the complete ineptitude of the executive for the past two years, who triggered Article 50 and then called a snap general election, in which they promptly lost their majority. But to ‘reach out’ in the final 7 days of the process is the height of desperation and cynicism. We need a new leader and a new government at the moment, rather than a new parliament building. The right people could probably do it from a Portacabin in Parliament Square.

Posted date

3 April, 2019

Posted time

7:35 pm


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