Thursday, October 14, 2010

Clegg seeks to crush our unwritten Constitution.

The Guardian reports Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the Coalition Government led by David Cameron, as stating to a Committee of the House of Lords: Clegg said: "It's a combination of providing a length of time with which people are familiar and which allows governments at least maybe four of those five years ... to get on with governing properly for the benefit of the country, combined with taking away from the executive this ability to capriciously time the election for nothing more than political self-interest" Parliament can dismiss any government when it ceases to command a majority in the House of Commons. It is not a perogative of the so-called "executive" whatever Clegg intends that to mean. The Prime Minister of the day, normally controlling the majority of MPs has the right to request the Monarch to allow the calling of a general election as he/she chooses. If the two party leaders, joined together within a coalition agreement, choose to commit their two parties to working together for the maximum period remaining between elections that is a matter purely for them and their own party MPs. Should signatories to such a coalition pact be replaced by, or no longer command the support of, their MPs then any new Party Leader may determine he no longer wishes to support the coalition in votes on the floor of the House of Commons and in the event of a subsequent loss of majority support by the Government in such a vote the Monarch would be obliged to call a general election. What Clegg claims is therefore dangerous nonsense and the House of Lords should not be holding any kind of hearing on this topic.



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