The problem with the British constitution is sovereignty. We let those words “the sovereignty of parliament” trip off our tongues all too easily. We were taught in our constitutional law classes that, in Britain, the Sovereign rules through Parliament; that we are all subject to the rule of law exercised by a sovereign parliament which includes the courts, however independent they may seem. Above all, sovereign power is without limit, and that means no Parliament could be bound by its predecessors. So we can have no entrenched laws and there are no fundamental rights granted above Parliament. In short, we are the subjects of an absolute Parliament. Sadly, that is the cause of our confusion in this modern era.
Reforming the House of Lords will only really mean something by making serious, far reaching changes. This article provides my justification, and a proposal for such change. [Read more…] about Reforming the House of Lords: A 21st Century Proposal
Following the June fiasco of a general election, we now find ourselves with effectively no government. A minority government, at the best of times, is difficult. I was part of such a government in the mid-1970s, but at least we knew what were the priorities and managed over the next few years to carry out sensible and beneficial actions.
But now we have a government without any ideas, and without any policies except to leave the European Union. And they are doing this while ignoring all the real problems that surround us. [Read more…] about Wanted! A Government Which Cares.
(Written in June 2010 updated and reinforced November 2017.) Almost everyone now accepts that global warming is a fact of life and the excess burning of carbon fuels will not only hasten the process, but those very fuels are themselves becoming scarce. [Read more…] about They Don’t Care About Global Warming: A polemic already past
Has Britain really gone mad?
It is now over a year since my last blog on the subject of brexit. I became seriously ill just after the referendum vote and so here is my response to what has happened in the succeeding year.
In those weeks before the vote, most like me thought that it would be a clear vote to remain. All the arguments for brexit had boiled down to a set of petulant complaints and calls for regained sovereignty. There was no clear indication of what benefits would actually accrue other than an outrageous suggestion that 350 million pounds a week would be returned to Britain to help fund the National Health Service. If this were not such a serious lie it would have been laughable. [Read more…] about After The Vote