I am pleased to share, in full, this excellent, well-referenced and thorough analysis of the mayoralty of the West Midlands Combined Authority within a socialist (UK Labour Party) context.
I reblog this to share and pass on to others who might be interested.
I reblog it because the figures, which speak for themselves, might cause a sane and civilised individual to read it twice, just to be sure they read correctly. The United Kingdom is not (yet) a third world economy; rather one of the wealthiest nations on earth. This appears to be the case on the back of an increasing number of persons dispossessed, homeless, sub nourished or for whom National Insurance, into which the waged and salaried have paid since 1948, has failed. It is shameful.
The shameless architects of this misery continue to skim off the cream.
The title of the article says it all: it would be difficult to argue against the pressing nature of climate emergency – POTUS excepted. Divesting accountable public control of green spaces available as allotment gardens seems a strange bedfellow to acknowledgment of a climate emergency, given that allotments offer near to carbon neutral fruit and vegetable sourcing, a green sink for Carbon dioxide, not forgetting health benefits from wielding the spade, rake and hoe. If there are allotment gardens fallen into desuetude, surely it would be better to promote their uptake than sell the estate off for who knows what purpose. Business parks or inaffordable housing one might suppose?
Proroguing the UK Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit, against the will of the UK Parliament.
Tell me more.
My friend The Secular Jurist requested, quite rightly, further information upon which to form a judgement, in the form of questions.
Rather than repeat the words of those whose wisdom I have sought, I will provide links to sources rather more authoritative than I am. I hope that the following will provide a degree of enlightenment on this vexed topic.
Please read one, or some, or all these pieces. I think that one will find that they all point in the same direction; namely, that while proroguing Parliament is an annual event to tidy and reset the process of government, proroguing Parliament for the purpose of pushing through primary legislation of a contentious nature is a rare occurrence, one that pushes against the boundaries of the unwritten constitution underpinning the process and procedure of legislature in the United Kingdom.
Since everything in the Houses of Commons and of the Lords is ritualised, there is little happening therein which cannot but be regarded as symbolic.
A read through any of the linked sources will reveal the grave concern of many that the use of this power, or perhaps loss of power, to push through something against the will of our sovereign government, could cause catastrophic constitutional problems.
A previous Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has raised the possibility that the next Prime Minister might be the last. Another former PM, Sir John Major, has vowed to fight this matter through the courts. Of course, the Queen is above challenge; the PM is not.
Adding to the brew are those government Members of Parliament who are beginning to resign so that they are free to vote against their 274 colleagues on the “List of Shame.”
Sir Alan Duncan, a Foreign Office minister, has resigned in the last two hours. It is widely expected that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, second only to the Prime Minister, will soon be resigning on the issue of Boris Johnson becoming PM and taking these extraordinary measures to subvert the will of the elected, sovereign government.
In this, it should be remembered that one of the claims promulgated in support of the British Exit from the European Union was the return of sovereignty to the UK Parliament; this rings hollow when one of the chief architects of the British Exit will, on his elevation to Prime Minister, subvert the will of Parliament.
As a final note, the Prime Minister will have been elected by approximately 0.25% of the population.
I just wish we had more sun here and that the bananas grew liberally on trees here.
My MP is on this list; dismal, isn’t it. They are not alone in their belief that the ends justify the means. Nor are they alone in their moral bankruptcy.
O tempora! O mores!
Here’s a full list of the disgraceful anti-democratic MPs who voted against stopping the ‘proroguing’ of parliament.
In other words, they supported the suspension of parliament – and themselves – to allow a Prime Minister to dictate whatever he likes without the democratic controls and scrutiny of MPs and parliament.
Selby and Ainsty
Hitchin and Harpenden
Amess, Sir David
Louth and Horncastle
Bacon, Mr Richard
Badenoch, Mrs Kemi
Baker, Mr Steve
North East Cambridgeshire
Baron, Mr John
Basildon and Billericay
Bellingham, Sir Henry
North West Norfolk
Beresford, Sir Paul
Rossendale and Darwen
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