Outside the marginals

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

In Praise of the Fixed Term Parliament Act

There has been much comment about “the problems with the Fixed Term Parliament Act” preventing a Government from calling an election when it wants to – even preventing a resolution of the dreaded Brexit Question.

However, I believe it is a useful bulwark of Parliamentary Democracy. Our Parliamentary Democracy is imperfect and has its problems but it is important to support it. The Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA) does this.

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Abolishing the Public Schools

Public School: a private educational institution in the United Kingdom which is outside the public education system and which charges fees. (Don’t ask!)

The UK Labour party in a headline distracting motion has proposed to abolish the UK Public Schools.

The motion calls for funds and properties held by private schools to be “redistributed democratically and fairly” to other schools. ….

Mr McDonnell said every part of the policy would be carried out on a “consultation basis”, and that he could not see the use of “draconian measures” to enforce it.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It will enable us to not only provide every child with the best opportunities in life, but also to build a more cohesive and equal society in which we live together much more productively.”

BBC News website: 23 September 2019, Labour members call to ‘redistribute’ private schools’ assets

You can understand why a Socialist Party re-establishing it’s identity would want to both propose and do this, but you wonder about the practicalities.

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Boris’s Dictionary: Brefugee

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

Brefugee (1) noun:

British economic migrants sheltering from the folly of Brexit in the EU.We used to be called Brexpats but now Brefugees is more appropriate

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D Day: “Don’t Call Me a Hero”

Watching the commemorations of D-Day, 75 years ago, I am struck by the numbers of veterans who say “Don’t Call Me A Hero”; those that died are the real heros.” With the deepest respect, I beg to differ.

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Coalitions of Convenience

Some cite the European Elections as being “more democratic” than in the UK “because they are done on Proportional Representation“. This is a thoroughly misleading statement given the current state of politics, particularly in the UK.

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Fearing the worst

Today, we are a week away from EU elections in the UK (most Europeans vote on the following Sunday – when all the counts are done).

In the UK this election seems to be a proxy for either:

  • a General Election (that is certainly how the leaflet from Labour read)
  • a second EU referendum on various scenarios (Deal /No Deal, and Leave / Remain being the main almost unspoken options).

There seems little discussion of the future shape or policies positions of the EU Parliament. And yet this election could be pivotal and effect the shape and future of the EU.

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Manipulation and EU Elections – twilight of Democracy?

I worry about whether the forthcoming EU Elections can be truly “free and fair”. Outside forces seem to have the ability and desire to over-ride the wishes of the people.

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The Leave Means Leave March Route

The route for the above march has been taken down from their website. This is presumably to stop counter-marches from finding them – or to hide the fact that they are not walking the entire distance.

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Theresa’s Dictionary: Brexit (2)

Every empress, or prospective emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our new empress, I offer her a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help her understand the people she wishes to rule.

Brexit (2)
[toht-l krap]

noun – intransigent: The undefined being negotiated by the unprepared in order to get the unspecified for the misinformed

citations
@grm_uk
https://twitter.com/grm_uk/status/1093129627848114177
@briancubby
https://twitter.com/briancubby/status/1093138174203908098

A Failure of Parliamentary Democracy – the ongoing tale

Scope: UK Politics

All sides seem fed up with the way the Brexit negotiations have been handled, but in Parliament they seem so focused on Deal or No-Deal that they are not asking “why are we in this mess?”.

The answer would seem to be multiple failures of Parliamentary Democracy.

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