Posts tagged with: Consitution

A Renewed Assault on Our Human Rights

One good thing Truss did in her brief tenure as Prime Minister was to shelve plans to ‘reform’ the UK’s system of human rights. Under Sunak and Raab, the government is bringing back its much-criticised Bill of Rights. As the Law Society (a group traditionally at least small-C conservative in its disposition) remarked: “We are […]

Beyond Extreme

Since 2012, Cameron, May, Johnson, Truss have all been at the helm of the Conservative Party. By the standards of the UK’s other major parties, of course, they are all very right-wing. But how far right are they by traditional Conservative standards? From the perspective of traditional Conservatism, this government is dangerously extreme: Johnson’s government […]

Human Rights? No, Thanks, We’re British

    The UK Government has a Bill of Rights Bill which (at the time of writing) is in the Commons for its second reading. Many civil liberties commentators have expressed alarm about the Bill, suggesting that it risks watering down the rights of UK citizens. Are they right to be concerned about the Bill, […]

An Unwelcome Certainty in an Uncertain World

As Niels Bohr remarked, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” And that general remark is particularly true about politics where decisions are taken on the basis of complex (and sometimes less than transparent) motivations. Given that, is it safe to make any predictions whatsoever about the result of the Conservative Party leadership contest? […]

They’re All the Same – Really!?

  There is great scope for improvement and, unfortunately, plenty of scope for being worse than Johnson. It has now become obvious even to his own ministers that Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister. And of course, that raises the question of who will come after, both for the remainder of this term […]

Democracy at the Cliff Edge

Sometimes a moment can be pivotal in a way which is not obvious at the time. This article explores whether the UK is at such a critical moment now, without most of the population realising it. And it suggests what we can do about it. The challenge is that we have a government which is […]

Drawing the Line

  In the light of the confirmed law-breaking by our most senior politicians, this article asks: where will the UK media and public draw the line? And what can individuals actually do? Why We Should Draw the Line Right Here There was widespread revulsion at the government’s desire not to feed starving children in the […]

Responsible Government?

We live in a representative democracy: we elect MPs and they are responsible for governing on our behalf.  Or so the theory goes. Currently, we have a government which appears to have no care at all for this theoretical responsibility: They do not care about the truth; They do not care about the law; and […]

Update on the Lords’ Amendments to the health & Care Bill

As part of its ongoing campaign against the Health and Care Bill, the LoveNHS Coalition welcomes the mitigating amendments passed in the House of Lords, and calls on MPs of all parties to ensure that the Bill does not pass without them. Mark E Thomas, coalition member and founder of The 99% Organisation said: “The […]

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