Tag Archives: Parliament of the United Kingdom

Once again our national sovereignty appears full of holes


One of the strong elements of the debate over our departure from the European Union has been the theme of national sovereignty. Many people argued that the European Union determines British Laws without any mechanism for us to accept or … Continue reading

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The tension between accountability and leadership


Responding to the opinion of the taxpayers who fund the whole of a very costly Parliament is something that all Politicians should take seriously. Equally responding to powerful members of your political party makes sense to those who support tribal … Continue reading

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It is time to end Parliamentary Privilege


A few weeks ago, long before Amber Rudd had lied to Parliament or resigned I signed this Parliamentary petition known as number 203502 which was headed ‘Make it illegal for any MP to lie in parliament or knowingly deceive the … Continue reading

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Parliament fails to deal with Cyber Security


The text above is from my attempt last weekend to raise a Parliamentary petition to call on the Government to carry out a proper Cyber audit of MPs and Peers. Late yesterday Parliament appeared to reject the petition without a … Continue reading

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The need for greater efficiency


The news that Westminster Gardeners are tasked with the removal of leaves from some of the 145 trees in their estate, as being a more efficient method than waiting for nature to take its course and for the leaves to … Continue reading

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The Naive Civil Servant?


Yesterday in Parliament the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee listened to Lord Gus O’Donnell, the former Cabinet Secretary, on the impact of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 on Government, particularly in the final year of a Parliament. He pointed out that … Continue reading

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What did the Parties ever do for us?


The origins of the modern Political Parties can be traced as far back as the end of the 16th Century with the arrival of the Stuarts, and the end of Elizabeth I’s reign. It seems fitting that the parties are reaching the … Continue reading

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