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Boris has demonstrated that Eton and Oxford don't make you a gentleman. So, the implicit "gentleman's agreement" that the UK has in lieu of a constitution is demonstrated to be an absurdity.

It's odd that the various Labour governments respected so scrupulously (as far as I know) these arrangements of the ruling classes, without ever seriously trying to challenge or change them.

But now, the breakdown of precedent and convention is complete, and surely irreversible. Arguably, it was Parliament that started it, under the misrule of May, by refusing to either vote her Brexit or oust her, which were the only two conventional options.

Subsequently, Bercow has been innovating, most creatively, to counter Boris's increasingly devious and perverse attempts at staying in control.

It will get much worse before it gets better. The worst that could happen, with respect to codifying the constitution, would be an election with a clear majority : we paper over the cracks and carry on. A hung Parliament will at least demonstrate the urgent necessity for a clear Framework.

The next worst outcome would be to draw the wrong lessons from the current crisis, and strengthen the executive at the expense of Parliament. That is what happened in France when it turned out that the constitution was dysfunctional in case of cohabitation between a President and Parliament of different political stripes.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 05:11:51 PM EST
Rules were always a big thing with the middle classes and the aspiring middle classes. For the Aristocracy, not so much. In fact rules were for the little people to keep and for them to break. If you were a man you took your spanking and carried on undaunted. It was a badge of honour. Proof you were made of the right stuff...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:47:00 PM EST
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