Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK elections of 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2019 (and THAT referendum)

(Representative) Parliamentary Democracy under Strain

Recent events in the UK have shown a lack of understanding of what it means to be a Parliamentary Democracy whilst also showing the weaknesses of the form of Parliamentary Democracy we have in the UK.

The partisan nature of British Politics means that a dogmatic group (party members) can select a new leader who becomes Prime Minister because their Party has a Parliamentary majority that is not justified by their minority support at the previous election.

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Swear or Affirm?

Hearing that “things would be back to normal” today I switched on my TV to watch what the Electronic Program Guide promised to be “Prime Minister’s Questions”. I got coverage of the “swearing in” of MPs in the UK House of Commons.

Watching raised all sorts of questions.

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Boris’s Dictionary: Mendocracy

Every emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our new emperor, I offer him a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help him understand the people he tries to rule.

Mendocracy n. Government by liars

(courtesy of @woodgnomology)

Boris’s Dictionary: Snollygoster

Every emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our new emperor, I offer him a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help him understand the people he tries to rule.

Bringing Down a Prime Minister

What does it take to bring down a Prime Minister and what does that say about our political system?

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What is more Australian?

The morning news in the UK seems to be celebrating Novak Djokovic managing to over-turn the application to him of the Australian ban on unvaccinated people being able to enter the country.

It raises some interesting questions:

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Lent Labour Support

At last night’s by-election declaration the winning Liberal Democrat referred to Labour voters lending their support.

This morning Labour were making much of the temporary nature of this support. Perhaps they would be better off thinking of it as a near permanent loan?

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Making the grade

In England we have reached that time of year again when exam results come out – only this time without the exams. Those of us who did our exams years or decades ago look slightly askance at the proportion of students getting top grades and mutter into our morning coffee.

Teachers say that their students have worked very hard and deserve their grades. All of which avoids asking a few key questions (and agreeing a few key answers). The result is suspicion about the grades – and those who achieved them. The former may be fair, but the latter is not; students can only do the assessments they are asked to do and accept the results given.

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Just a thought as to why the PM appears defeatist

I have struggled to understand this Prime Minister’s apparent mad rush to remove all COVID mitigations in a few days time. It appears irrational and defeatist.

It has struck me however that we have to allow for the possibility that he is not mad, irrational and divisive but is acting rationally in accordance with information that he has, but which he is choosing to not share with us – thinking that his usual bluster and boosterism will get him through the gathering storm.

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Isolation Day

With Isolation Day approaching at an apparent breakneck speed, those of us still concerned that COVID is not “over” are having to review our personal risk assessments.

Until now we have been able to rely on mandated mitigations (such as masking, social distancing) which meant that we protect each other from infection. Such community solidarity is being swept away in the cause of “Freedom”. (Such Bollocks)

Without these mitigations we have to look to protect ourselves without relying on others and we can choose what to do – good American style self-reliance and libertarian small statism!

I have previously pondered whether this is actually the purpose of “Freedom Day” – to divide the government approved independent freedom loving libertarians from us namby pamby citizens who believe in community and helping each other. Accepting that is (intentionally or unintentionally) what is happening, this post tries to think through the personal steps we have to take.

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