A Constitutional Crisis?

Having read Jeremy Corbyn’s speech of yesterday it had been my intention to write about it, however this particular load of verbal garbage has been admirably ‘taken apart’ by Richard North here. Richard North states that this speech puts Corbyn in exactly the same “have your cake and eat it” territory as the Conservatives – except that he has an entirely different means of achieving this magical state. Yup, he’s just put icing on it.

As an aside, having listened to Michel Barnier’s press conference just after midday today Corbyn and his opposite number need to have a re-think about their strategy.

Not that Jeremy Corbyn is the only politician suffering from ‘verbal garbage’; yesterday we had the following from Caroline Flint, also of the Labour Party:

Caroline Flint @CarolineFlintMP The Single Market position is code for not leaving the EU and not ending EU control over freedom of movement.

When such a statement can be issued & she (in common with a majority of her ilk) believes it true, has the House of Commons not become the House of Idiots?

Our media offer no assistance where holding  our politicians to account is concerned as they are clueless on matters Brexit. When all that exists is garbage on side of the discussion and similar garbage on the other side, perhaps our media will pray tell me where is the ‘clear blue water’ between?

There was mention, also yesterday, on twitter (source forgotten) that any government has the consent of the people; yet where is the mechanism, twixt general elections, whereby we the people can force said government to cease (and/or implement) a particular policy?

It is known that politicians hold conversations with their fellow MPs, including those of opposing political parties. With the mess in which the Brexit discussions have descended, one can only wonder whether there exists a ‘secret’ cabal whose one aim is to overturn the result of the 2016 referendum by whatever means possible.

When we have politicians whose job it is to ‘steward’ our nation in order to achieve the best possible outcome, yet prove they are incapable; when we have politicians who will not communicate with the electorate, unless it is the time of a general election; when we have politicians who willfully, it seems, set out to misinform the electorate either through their own ignorance or because they have a ‘hidden agenda’; when we have politicians who dictatorially decide on a course of action, either due to party policy or reasons of ideology, without consulting the electorate  – do we not have a constitutional crisis?

5 thoughts on “A Constitutional Crisis?

  1. David, I wish the Harrogate Agenda had been pushed forward as a basis for the re-alignment of our political processes.
    I think it’s still a valid document and it’s a shame it’s gathering dust on the Not-Invented-Here shelf.

    1. How many times have I said THA should have been ‘pushed with the same intensity as Brexit? Unfortunately it is a case of ‘heads against brick walls.

  2. Just slightly off-topic, but I realise one of your favourite political ‘things’ is pushing for an adoption of the Swiss idea of placing political spending plans in front of the voting public, and asking them to say ‘Yea’ or ‘Nay’.

    Well, I write and contribute to a new outfit named AltNewsMedia.net, and i featured your idea within a video interview with our local MP, Roberta Blackman-Woods. Needless to say, the very idea of letting someone else decide spending plans outside of Parliament went down like a cup of cold sick. Check it out, have a listen, and see what you make of the Labour Plan.

    1. Thank you for this comment. I should also, in the current climate of our present ‘faux democracy’, praise Roberta Blackman-Woods for agreeing to be filmed – presumably without any ‘editorial’ control? Not many MPs would so do methinks.

      That the idea of ‘voter control’ was ‘sidelined’ in favour of the continuation of the ‘status quo’ comes as no surprise. Also that she failed to directly answer the question comes as no surprise.

      The only way by which we will wrest control of how our money is spent is to educate the public that our pockets are in our trousers and not that of the politicians.

      I will take this further in an article.

  3. Steptoe, or the Leader of the Opposition if you prefer, I think we should feel sorry for him. He goes to Coventry and makes comments about jobs and the EU. As we all spotted he thinks a complete car rather than a component travels 2000 miles before it gets to a dealers showroom. This was to make us feel that the UK has got it wrong and we will suffer. But soon Toyota declare their intention to give Burnaston more work.

    And before that Steptoe, with eyes like dinner plates, told the press, ‘change was coming’. But we learn that ideas following the Leveson Inquiry, have been dropped so no change, we stay as we are. And what of Tom Watson the portly sidekick to Steptoe? Up pops Max Mosley to remind us about the half million quid he gave to Watson. And by the look of the Watson waist line he has eaten the lot so it cannot be given back!

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