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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Brown and Cameron will ignore reform their peril

There is broad consensus outside of our main party leaderships as to what lies at the heart of the rot in our political system; A Parliament dominated and bullied by the Executive, central party organisations corrupted by foreign bribes and influence, self-serving narcissists as MPs with no sense of morality grasping after political power, distortion and manipulation of the truth and suppression of evidence by party and State bosses, the foetid stench of the political class fouling the waters of democracy.

I've said before that a healthy democracy needs both a strong Parliament and a strong government, and that strong government and weak Parliament over the past decades have been disastrous for the interests of the British people.

Yet one of the most significant Parliamentary reports of the past ten years has gone almost unremarked by both the MSM and the blogosphere; the Reform Select Committee's report.

It's measures can be implemented by the House immediately. It will radically curtail the powers of the whips and boost the powers of backbenchers. It will transfer power from the Executive to Parliament and redress the present imbalance. The Commons will become stronger and more independent. MPs will become less reliant on central party structures and more responsive to their constituencies.

And for all these reasons it probably doesn't stand a chance in Hell of being supported by Brown, Cameron or the Squeaker. Shame on you all.


sean lynch said...

Raedwald, what you say is true, but think of it this way, this democratic decline, reversal or deficit, however you want to describe it, has multiplied by a factor of ten under this Labour regime.
You only have to look at Brown governing from a bunker surrounded by sycophants and the parallel with Hitler is near damn perfect.
We have a totalitarian regime in power right now, the first step we need to take is to vote it out.
The Conservatives are nowhere near as bad as Labour when it comes to central state control, that is in their DNA.

Odin's Raven said...

It may be too late for such reforms. Our corrupt, mendacious, troughing politicians and political/media class only prosper because the moral and physical nature of the populace has changed; our rulers reflect the new reality, and work hard to intensify it and so entrench themselves.

Budgie said...

Raedwald said: "I've said before that a healthy democracy needs both a strong Parliament and a strong government ..."

I think I know what you mean, but it was true only 40 or more years ago. A strong Parliament can hold the government to account. But the electorate must be able to hold Parliament to account for democracy (in the UK) to mean anything.

We cannot do that any more because most of our national legislation comes from Brussels and our Parliament is completely helpless to resist, or even change, any of it.

This is why (pace Sean Lynch) it is more important to leave the EU than merely change our local and nearly powerless government at Westminster from Liebore to Torybore.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

What Budgie said.