Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Display:
Excellent discussion of the constitutional situation by Nick Cohen:

The Queen is a sham head of state. She cannot act as a constitutional president and force rival politicians to look for ways out of a national emergency. She cannot insist that the prime minister obeys the rules, because there are too few rules in Britain and too many woozy, unenforceable conventions.


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Sep 21st, 2019 at 06:05:05 PM EST
...under the current constitution. Maybe the "if only the Queen would step in and settle this problem that the politicians can't manage" sentiment will lead to an upwards increment in her power under a new constitution...
by asdf on Sun Sep 22nd, 2019 at 05:27:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not sure I agree this is an adequate discussion. He avoids the most basic question: How could she appoint BoJo as PM without ensuring first that he had a majority in Parliament? And the corollary now: Can she ask BoJo to resign if he is found to have misled her or for the simple fact he has yet to win a vote in the House?

Could Parliament order Black Rod to refuse her admission to the Chamber to deliver "The Queen's Speech" if it has no confidence in the Government which has authored it? A Common's vote against a Queen's Speech is said to be the constitutional equivalent of a VONC, and yet it is not in the form prescribed by the FTP Act to enable a general election be called. So does it actually count?

Any Prime Minister with a shred of self-respect would have resigned by now, especially so if he loses the Supreme Court case. But Johnson shan't. Why should he? After all, its only a convention the PM requires the support of the House. Onward and downward...

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 23rd, 2019 at 11:40:13 AM EST
[ Parent ]

Display:

Occasional Series