When it comes to Who Won the Week for me this week, the answer has to be the eleven judges of the UK Supreme Court who today unanimously judged Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent prorogation of Parliament to be illegal! So instead of being completely shut down until the middle of next month as determined so undemocratically two weeks ago by our arrogant Prime Minister, Parliament will now be resumed tomorrow morning at 11.30am, hopefully in nice time for Wednesday’s usual weekly Prime Minster’s Questions at mid-day.
Prorogation is one of those words I’d never really heard before its defining debut this summer, and had absolutely no idea what it actually meant until very recently. But now the nuanced differences between having an ordinary Parliamentary recess (a break in everyday proceedings in the House of Commons at this time of year to allow for all the annual party conferences to take place, while other important Parliamentary business like Select Committees can continue to meet) and prorogation’s complete blanket ban on all Parliamentary business for the duration at such a critical political moment of national crisis are foremost in our minds.
Regardless of differing and oh-so-divisive political opinions on Brexit, the Supreme Court’s ruling today that no-one can be above the law – not even would-be World King Boris Johnson – has to be a good thing. Deliberate and devious manipulation of historical political practices and procedures in order to prevent proper Parliamentary scrutiny of shifty shenanigans can surely never be condoned in law – that to me would be a clear mis-use of Prime Ministerial prerogative power, and would potentially set a loop-hole precedent in perpetuity that has now thankfully been closed.
With any luck Boris Johnson’s sneaky running-down-the-clock Brexit-by-the-back-door plan has been well and truly stymied by today’s ruling by the Supreme Court – Government must always be held to account and not be allowed to ride rough-shod over process and procedure (not to mention long-standing party colleagues) in the self-serving scramble to manage any disastrous damage-limitation from their spectacular own-goal minority status in Parliament.
However churned up the ground beneath has become, however obfuscated the waters of mud-slinging democratic debate within the current House of Commons, the rule of law must always stand firm regardless…
So today is Brexit Day, Strike II – Oh yes it is, oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is, oh no it isn’t – what an embarrassing show we Brits are making of ourselves just now… it seems the UK is very deservedly stuck at the back end of this particular EU pantomime horse with a very red face… sigh! 😦
Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Pantomime
I wish our politicians could reach an amicable solution to the current Brexit crisis, but right now it doesn’t look likely… 😦
Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Amicable
I couldn’t help but smile this morning when listening to the BBC News outside broadcast programme from outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster – Victoria Derbyshire was reading out an email sent in by a member of the public on the Brexit question and she mis-spoke the sentence
‘The majority of the public support WTF rules… WTO rules, I’m sorry!’
Personally I think she probably got it right first time! 🙂
‘Fifty-two percent Pride and Prejudice, forty-eight percent Sense and Sensibility – the ultimate Jane Austen placard’… ‘They need a bit of Persuasion, though’
An excellent exchange between Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis on last Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show while reviewing the papers – the discussion was about placards seen at Saturday’s People’s Vote March (regarding the current Parliamentary Brexit deadlock) that took place in London. Andrew was commenting on the witty wording on one particular placard, and quick as a flash, Emily provided the clever quip at the end… 🙂
‘Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.’ Honore de Balzac
Brexit is certainly an enigma, a perfect maze of intrigue, ostensibly growing more and more disastrous every day… What a mess, even after all this time there is still no clarity on what the country wants, and at this point I wish we could just take back control once and for all and revoke Article 50 forever… please!
Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Intrigue
The latest overture in our ongoing bloody awful Bexit brou-ha-ha comes courtesy of the intervention of Speaker of the House John Bercow, who has just stated (quite correctly) that according to Parliamentary rules, having already had her Brexit deal voted down twice Theresa May cannot now take her current motion back to the House without first making substantial changes to the terms.
My understanding is that it was Labour MP Angla Eagle who initially reminded the Speaker that buried deep (page 397) in the Commons Rule book sits the statement that ‘A motion or an amendment which is the same, in substance, as a question which has been decided during a session may not be brought forward again during that same session.’
I say ‘overture’ because although we may only be 10 days away from our legally agreed exit from the European Union, this now is only the beginning of Parliament finally (hopefully) being treated fairly and honourably by a Government that has to date ignored and bullied and chided and refused to listen to reason to anything other than their own blinkered viewpoint.
It seems clear to me that to date Mrs May had deliberately run down the clock on Brexit in the hope that the threat of a No Deal (or alternatively a long extension to the process) would inevitably force MPs to accept her deal ‘or else’. But she simply cannot continue speaking to the Members of the House of Commons as if they are behaving like recalcitrant teenagers objecting to her matriarchal authority and expect them to toe the line just because she says so…
So it seems the saga of Theresa May’s makeshift making-it-up-as-she-goes-along Brexit mayhem is set to continue unabated… sigh!
Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Makeshift