Monday, May 17, 2010

That 55% Rule

So, after a little confusion about whether this was a change to confidence motions or not. It came to light that this was all part of a plan for fixed term parliaments and the 55% figure was part of an arrangement to prevent the
governing party from calling an election. I still don't like it.

Ultimately, it's not the rule itself that's the problem it's the context. David Cameron's Conservatives do not have a majority, they are part of a coalition that will have difficulty getting it's legislation through parliament. Given the
nature of the coalition there are a couple of questions in need of an answer:

First: Given the weakness of the new government's mandate, should one of the coalition's first moves really be to embark upon radical constitutional reform?

..and second: Should the coaliton's constitutional reform really be made up of policies that seem quite blatantly designed to strengthen it's shaky grip on power?

It's the context of this policy that matters, it looks like the policy is being introduced to get around the problems of a hung parliament. If Cameron's government had a majority then it would be giving up power, as it is it looks more like they're desperately trying to hang on to it and that is something that you know us Labour types are just not going to shut up about.


Anonymous said...

ID cards, 2006-2010, R.I.P.


Even Miliband hypocritically says they were a bad idea now.

Good riddance Labour and good riddance identity cards!

Andreas Paterson said...

I treasure my trolls.