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  • A written constitution (though it may be abused and misconstrued). What matters for the UK (or what will remain of it) is to make a clean sweep of all the tacky, self-congratulatory, exceptionalist bollocks about the wonderful past development of the greatest democracy and the marvellous pageantry of our storied island history (oh look! Black Rod is going to hit Mr Speaker over the head with a frying pan which symbolizes something that happened under George III and that everyone has forgotten). Tabula rasa, write a new page.

  • A republic. The Windsors are filthy rich and can and will fend for themselves.

  • A non-executive president (eg Ireland, Germany).

  • One chamber, or, if two, both elected. Out with the Lords in fancy dress.

  • Curtailing of the Prime Minister's powers, which have been growing constantly over the last half-century.

  • Proportional representation. The two-party system is way past its sell-by date.

  • Referenda under severe control to avoid all-too-easy manipulation.

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 Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:55:09 PM EST
UK enjoys one too many sovereigns.

Knowledge and belief in the division of the "government" from parliament is political insanity.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 07:04:31 PM EST
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Pretty much what I was attempting to say in 1,800 words, except (as you may have guessed) I was trying to write an op ed for a more general readership, and so had to be more moderate and measured in tone.

I didn't even get into the FPTP electoral system. The Tories and Labour pretty effectively sabotaged that one last time around, and there is little evidence the electorate have wised up since.

You're even going to lose the list system for the EP elections although, while proportional, these have less benefit in encouraging a more collaborative political culture when they don't lead to Executive formation.

The New Zealand and Irish experiences are instructive, but when did Great Britain ever learn from the colonies...

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 07:18:30 PM EST
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The Unprincipled
One might hope the role of the monarchy in the prorogation plot, and then Theresa May's cronies getting honours in her resignation list, might do enough to undermine public confidence in some of the systems that define the British establishment. But the honours list will shortly be further devalued by political muck as Jo Swinson's office is proffering peerages and knighthoods in the dissolution honours to candidates and their constituency chairmen in winnable seats, if they are willing to make way for Blairite entryists like Chuka Umunna and Luciana Berger. ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 03:46:13 AM EST
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