The next Prime Minster and 0.32%

So David Cameron resigns, at the end of September, and the Conservative Party MPs and members will get to decide who the next Prime Minster of the United Kingdom will be. So far the list of candidates are a list of people who none of us would want to lead the United Kingdom. So far we have Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb but the money appears to be on May. They are all a disaster frankly and to be honest a living nightmare come true.

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Because we live in a parliamentary democracy the party in power chooses their own leader when one stands down, rightly, but that leader then becomes Prime Minster without a vote of the wider public. That cannot be right, basically 330 Conservative MPs and 150,000 members get to decide the new Prime Minster. There are roughly 46,000,000 voters in the UK but basically 150,330 will get to decide, 0.32% of those eligible to vote will choose the new Prime Minister. That is just not right.

Any new Prime Minister should have to make an offer to the people and then the people should decide if that offer is good enough. Now I know that the Fixed Term Parliament Act is a barrier to this, the Act states

“A general election takes place every 5 years on the first Thursday in May. An early election is only possible if (a) the House of Commons passes (by a simple majority) the motion ‘That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government’ and, within 14 days, a new or reconstituted government has not achieved passage of the motion ‘That this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government’; or (b) the House, by unanimity or, on a division, by a two-thirds majority of all MPs (not simply two-thirds of those voting) passes the motion ‘That there shall be an early general election’.”

The Fixed Term Parliament Act was brought in by the Liberal Democrats, remember them, they were the Tory poodles led by Nick no use whatsoever Clegg and the Conservatives in 2011 establishing 5 year minimum terms. Obviously Clegg wanted the full 5 years of chauffeur driven cars. Amendments to limit the Act to 4 year terms were rejected by the Government. The Government even sighted the Act as a response to a public petition signed by over 100,000 people demanding a General Election after the Panama Papers scandal, making the threshold for a parliamentary debate, but using the Act to reject this demand.

Putting aside how shit this Government is and the Act, many Tories will refer to the Act as demand for a General Election picks up pace, it is no longer acceptable in this day and age for a Prime Minister to be decided in this way. It’s bad enough that the Government now sits for 5 years, but this Act like the Representation of the People Act 1983 that protected Alistair the liar Carmichael are in my opinion undemocratic. They consolidate power more into the hands of those that I believe have been shown to abuse it, MP’s in Westminster.

How much longer do we allow our democracy to be the play thing of the few, we need a written constitution and when Cameron stands down a General Election. We are now living in the most dysfunctional political times this country has ever seen, well since the last Government anyway, and to leave the choice of Prime Minister to be decided by 150,330 people is simply wrong.

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10 comments

  1. lanark

    You’re right, a new Prime Minister should face the electorate. I thought that with chancer Brown and the same now. Also Callaghan would have defeated Thatcher had he gone to the country earlier and how much better would things be today?

    I hate the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which as you rightly say, was supported by the Illiberal Undemocrats for purely selfish reasons. It is undemocratic and must be scrapped (so should the LibDems!).

    All of the prospective leaders scare me. We need independence, whatever form it takes. The EU starts to look better than the UK.

    • Anonymous

      Lanark

      It’s not looking good at all. All the candidates are a disaster but May is the really scary one. Independence is the only way forward for Scotland. The Tories will bring about the end of the Union and while that is no bad thing the damage they could do is very real.

      I voted leave but I have listened to a few speeches in the EU and it has been interesting to see that many want change on the back of Brexit. It would have to be major change to convince me and that won’t happen but it is interesting.

      Hopefully we are on the countdown to independence now.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

  2. Anonymous

    the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA) can be repealed by a simple majority of MPs and has no special status as a piece of legislation. It is common knowledge to know that if new legislation contradicts old legislation, then the old legislation is repealed as the new one is the current will of the elected legislature.

    There have been debates about the idea of “constitutional statutes” but in the UK law this has no meaning, if Parliament repeals and act then it is repealed. If parliament passes legislation for an early General Election then there WILL be one and it WILL be legal. The FTPA being the be all and end all is a total fallacy and the Coalition could have fallen through at any time even despite it. Although the clause sets out 2 ways an early election can be called, it is totally incorrect to say that they are the only two ways because that is NOT how UK Constitutional law works. Every law is equal, new ones trump old ones.

    There are two methods of repeal. implied and express. Implied is when a new act contradicts and old act and makes no mention of the old act, but nonetheless the old one is repealed. For example:

    Prohibition on Lead Pipes Act 1950: Lead pipes are prohibited in all domestic dwellings
    Lead Pipes Act 2009: You may use lead pipes except for the purpose of conveying drinking water
    The 2009 Act made no mention of the 1950 Act, but the 2009 Act STANDS.

    Express repeal is self explanatory, when a new act actually mentions a previous one and thus repeals it. Such as “this section repeals the 1980 act…”

    The interesting debate occurs in Thoburn v Sunderland City Council, where it is deemed that “Constitutional Statutes” can only be repealed by express repeal (such as the Human Rights Act, FTPA). A Constitutional Statute is deemed to be one that significantly changes the relationship between parliament and people, which the FTPA do. So since Thoburn in 2002, the FTPA can only be expressly repealed.

    Although it seems that the FTPA will have a special status, it is irrelevant really as if you take say a make up statute of “General Election 2016 Act” that clearly states it it repealing the FTPA, then an election will be held.

    In essence, the idea of fixed term parliaments are nonsense as the Government can call for one whenever.

    • Anonymous

      Anon

      I won’t pretend to know or overly understand constitutional law but to repeal the Act would require the party in power to have a majority or support from another party. But my point is really that it is not right for the Conservative Party to choose the next PM, that decision should only be taken by the voters.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

    • Anonymous

      bjs
      If that list doesn’t bring independence closer nothing will, May really does give me pause for thought. I have always thought her to be a bit nuts and I suspect very very right wing and she has hidden it well. Scary times.

      Thanks for commenting and taking the time to read my rants.

      Bruce

      • bjsalba

        I thought I would draw your attention to this.

        ” We have two candidates…

        If, say, you voted Leave because you’re worried about immigration, you’ve got a choice of the Home Secretary, who was in charge of cutting immigration from 300,000 to tens of thousands, and didn’t do it.

        If you voted Leave because you’re angry about global capitalism, you’ve got a woman who was funded by a hedge fund. She worked in the banking industry. That’ll really help all of those left behind round the country – to help hedge fund managers based in Guernsey.

        What choice is that?”

        It comes from:
        http://www.thecanary.co/2016/07/08/ian-hislop-just-explained-perfectly-need-general-election-right-now-video/

        • Anonymous

          bsj

          I totally agree with him, I suffered through QT last night and even Galloway said some things I agreed with. There is no way that any party should be allowed to choose the PM, I have always been against it. There should be a general election and the sooner the better. A lot of people voted for Cameron, God knows why, but they did. Well he is gone and that should be enough for a new vote. I don’t think they will though, I think May or the other one will do a Gordon Brownstuff and bottle it.

          Thanks for commenting.

          Bruce

  3. East Neuker

    I’ve refrained from commenting up to now, Bruce, because of our gentlemen’s disagreement over the EU vote. I must now say that what is happening is exactly what I expected and predicted from a leave vote, I.e. A furiously right wing UK government which will use the power of the U.K. State in any way it has to to prevent Scottish independence.
    They will slash the block grant, abolishing Barnett in the process, and force The placement of Trident renewal 30 miles from Glasgow. The will further cynically destroy the benefit system and employment rights. They will stop independence by force if necessary, so I don’t think hopes of that are a saviour.
    I understand your dislike of the EU. It may well fail now, partly because of Brexit. I don’t think that makes things better.
    I believe the leave vote has handed us over to the likes of May and Leadsom.
    What do you think has been gained?
    EN.

    • grumpyscottishman

      East Neuker

      I hope what you think will happen doesn’t but I suspect that much of it will. My leave vote is what it is, my reasons were clear for me and I don’t regret them but the scumbags in the Tories will take advantage and there will be pain, I don’t doubt that. It will bring independence closer, might even result in it. Would they try and stop it by force, I don’t know and certainly hope not as it would result in violence for years to come. I still think it’s too early to say what will happen, I would not be surprised if the EU come back with some other offer or a general election is held and a new Government seeks a new EU mandate, a lot of things can and no doubt will happen. The EU might even fall, I did read that the USA and China have now put the UK at the head of the queue for trade negotiations relegating the EU, it was in one of the papers and certainly the Chinese have confirmed this. What does it all mean for the UK and Scotland I don’t know.

      I still believe that a general election should be held though when Cameron stands down, for me it is undemocratic for the Conservatives or any party to choose the Prime Minister for us. Trident is my latest blog and please have a read and let me know what you think about renewal.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Bruce

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