Bluekip will want Bercow’s head on a plate for stating the obvious in our parliamentary democracy

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/12/john-bercow-insists-mps-have-right-try-prevent-brexit/

The Daily Telegraph has the story on its web site – see link above

Whatever you may think of Bercow (or indeed the Telegraph) he is spot on here.

Brexiters always conveniently seem to forget that we live in a parliamentary democracy and their half-baked plan to take us out of the EU at whatever cost is actually the politics of the mad house that will ruin the UK economically and substantially reduce our influence in the world.

More power to the elbows of MP’s who can see the cliff edge looming and want to stop the UK chucking itself off into the great abyss.

Thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

2 thoughts on “Bluekip will want Bercow’s head on a plate for stating the obvious in our parliamentary democracy

  1. Mwmbwls says:

    It is worth reading the Speakers comments in full.

    ORDER, ORDER
    BERCOW UNPLUGGED: Commons Speaker John Bercow invited a select audience to his State Rooms last night for a Hansard Society speech and Q&A. Over nearly two hours he covered everything from parliament’s role on Brexit to his spiky relationship with David Cameron. He also put the boot into the media, specifically what he dubbed the “Daily Fail.” Playbook was there. Here are the best lines:
    On parliament stopping Brexit: “There are actors on the stage who are very strongly supportive of Brexit who will tend to say the absolute responsibility now of members of parliament is simply to vote this through. But that is an opinion, rather than a constitutional fact … My sense is there will be a lot of people in parliament who will want to be able to vote on the deal… There will be some members of parliament who say ‘I want to be able at the end of all this if I’m not satisfied, to say No, to try to persuade other members of parliament to say No, and to hope that No might delay Brexit or prevent Brexit.’ Do they have a right to argue that point of view? They absolutely do.”
    On cancelling recess: “My view is that form should follow function, and we should sit with such frequency as our prime responsibility as a legislature requires. If in this parliament — and I’m not sure this is remotely proven yet — the legislative load is such that we can do our job effectively only by sitting for more weeks, would I be open to that? Yes — if the House were to decide that, it would be my responsibility to support it.”
    On party conferences: “I have long believed there is a certain incongruity about members disappearing for three weeks a year from their primary workplace in order to attend the conferences of voluntary organizations. Party conferences could perfectly well take place over a weekend … The idea that we are justified in taking weeks off, just after we’ve come back from the summer recess, so we can go through this palava strikes me as extraordinary.”
    On relations with No. 10: “I don’t think it’s a disclosure of state secrets to say that I’ve got better relations with Prime Minister May than I had with Prime Minister Cameron. I always got on well with David when we were tennis partners together in the House of Commons tennis team — but things seem to have regressed somewhat after that. I get on much better with Theresa May. I do find her extremely courteous and decent and dignified. Our personal relations are very good — just as my personal relations with Jeremy Corbyn are very good. Jeremy and I have one particular thing in common, which is we are both fanatical Arsenal fans.”
    On parliament’s new £7 million education center: “It is an overwhelmingly necessary and popular development, which would perhaps explain why it attracted the persistent ire of the ‘Daily Fail’.”
    On the wider media: “Somebody once said politicians complaining about the media are like sailors complaining about the sea — it’s about as productive. The media are there and a very important part of a free society. I would much rather a rude and irreverent and sometimes even rather ill-informed media than a state-controlled media. I do sometimes think their own assessment of the importance of what they communicate is perhaps not quite shared by everybody else.”

    It might also be worth noting Walther Bagehot’s comment in ‘The English Constitution’, published in 1867and revised in 1873:
    “The ultimate authority  in the English Constitution  is a newly-elected House  of Commons.”
    https://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/econ/ugcm/3ll3/bagehot/constitution.pdf

    As a key feature of the leave case was reasserting parliamentary sovereignty – which part of the term “Parliamentary Sovereignty” does the Daily Telegraph not understand?

  2. Mwmbwls says:

    Sorry I should have said “Daily Mail”

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