- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Today the more an MP’s electability depends on the public perception of the Prime Minister the more exclusive becomes the Prime Minister’s power. The vacuous circle which characterises British politics needs to be broken. It can be broken by directly electing the Prime Minister. The MPs would then stand for Parliament in their own right.The people should directly elect the Prime Minister.
Monday, December 12, 2011
The Westminster Parliament is one of the largest in the World. It has become institutionally corrupt. In 2008, of the 123 hospitals under construction 83 were in areas represented by the governing Labour Party. Twice as much lottery funding was going to constituencies of Cabinet members as was going to members of the Shadow Cabinet. Of the 23 railway stations that were being closed 20 were in seats held by the opposition parties. There needs to be a cultural shake up. Parliament fails to hold the Government to account. Perhaps the shake-up could be achieved if it was reduced in size to say 450 MPs.
The House of Commons should be reduced to 450 MPs.
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Monday, December 5, 2011
During the course of a Parliament the House goes into recess on a large number of occasions. The summer recess is the longest, often running for three months or more. When Parliament is in recess the Government may recall Parliament, but if Parliament is independent it should have the ability to convene itself without having to have the permission of the executive.
Following instigation by a group of 150 MPs the Speaker should recall Parliament from recess for a specific reason given in the request.