Who remembers the supreme court voting 11-0 against Johnson's unlawful suspension of parliament back in 2019? I do. It actually brought tears to my eyes listening to Lady Hale's speech (she of the spider brooch). Johnson wants to reform judicial review.
Who remembers the £1 billion fund set up in order to help struggling towns? 39 of the 45 towns selected are in Tory constituencies, some of them being adjacent to poorer towns. Could the reason be to make the sitting MP popular so that he or she will keep their seat at the next election?
Our Parliament grew from the assemblies created in the Middle Ages that then became councils that were called by kings for the purpose of redressing grievances and for exercising judicial functions. In time, Parliament began to deal with important matters of state, notably the raising of revenues needed to support the policies and decisions of the monarch. As its judicial functions were increasingly delegated to courts, it gradually evolved into a legislative body. By the end of the 15th century, the English system displayed some of the basic features of modern parliamentary government.
Our ancestors fought a war and executed a king because of the conflict between king and parliament. Our democracy has developed over the centuries since then. One of the reasons for Brexit was taking back control of our country (whatever that meant). It now seems as though Johnson is trying to limit the democratic controls as currently exercised and he could well succeed given the venality of some of the current govt.
The following is a link to the article in the Guardian by Jonathan Freedland which prompted me to write the above. I was aware of the proposed actions as I'm sure many of you are too. To those of you who don't read the Guardian, please have a quick look at the article.
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