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Brown feels general election heat [May. 20th, 2009|12:47 pm]
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No surprise that David Cameron renewed his call for a general election at Prime Minister's Questions today. But after the expenses scandal, it carries a lot more weight than the ritual demand from an opposition party (or one that is ahead in the opinion polls). Added spice was given to today's exchanges by Gordon Brown's warning on GMTV this morning that an election would bring "chaos."
Under pressure from Cameron, the PM explained that it was the duty of the present Commons to clean itself up and for the Government to show leadership. There was also a recession to fight. He said chaos would stem from the public spending cuts that a Tory Government would mean.
It was a win-win situation for Cameron, who neatly accused Brown of admitting the Tories would win an election. This debate is tricky territory for Brown. The last thing he and his party want is a general election, but the signs are that an angry public want more than a new Speaker, a few MPs being deselected and new rules on MPs' expenses. No wonder Brown is promising some sort of public consultation, perhaps a constitutional convention. He will say more about this in the next few weeks. The demands for an election will run and run....until the election.
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From: offgrass
2009-05-20 02:57 pm (UTC)

reform of parliament

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Hola Jon,

I view the Speakers role to help ordinary MP's keep the government to account. Martin did not as far as I could see being was a creature of the executive and the Labour Party. This must change.

Perhaps once an MP becomes Speaker they should relinquish their constituancy and another person be elected. That would ensure that their party allegiance was diminished and they became tottally neutral.

I would like to see the Lords totally elected by proportional system per Scotland.

I would like to see a completely new chamber for the Commons semi circular with desks, not a confrontational setting as if it were a decrepit mock stately home. Also get rid of all the false dress and archaic customs making the House look and sound like a reenactment museum.

Members should not have other jobs. Ex ministers should be made to wait two years before taking any employment were the knowledge gained in that role would be of use to their employer and be gainful for them.

Members of select committees should be appointed by the House as a whole not by whips, government or opposition.

Finally there needs to be a proportional electoral system for the Commons. We citizens do not have an effective vote and have to put up with a government elected via 60/70 marginal seats. No wonder the UK election turnout is the lowest in Europe. Such a system would encourage independents and we poor unpolitical voters would avoid being ruled by one of two parties who have course have all the answers.

Regards


John Rebecchi
From: offgrass
2009-05-20 03:01 pm (UTC)

reform of parliament

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Hola Mr Grice

I view the Speakers role to help ordinary MP's keep the government to account. Martin did not as far as I could see being was a creature of the executive and the Labour Party. This must change.

Perhaps once an MP becomes Speaker they should relinquish their constituency and another person be elected. That would ensure that their party allegiance was diminished and they became tottally neutral.

I would like to see the Lords totally elected by a proportional system per Scotland.

I would like to see a completely new chamber for the Commons, semi circular with desks, not a confrontational setting as if it were a decrepit mock stately home. Also get rid of all the false dress and archaic customs and forms of address, making the House look and sound like a reenactment museum.

Members should not have other jobs. Ex ministers should be made to wait two years before taking any employment were the knowledge gained in that role would be of use to their employer and be gainful for them.

Members of select committees should be appointed by the House as a whole not by whips, government or opposition.

Finally there needs to be a proportional electoral system for the Commons. We citizens do not have an effective vote and have to put up with a government elected via 60/70 marginal seats. No wonder the UK election turnout is the lowest in Europe. Such a system would encourage independents and we poor unpolitical voters would avoid being ruled by one of two parties who have course have all the answers.

Regards


John Rebecchi
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2009-05-20 04:46 pm (UTC)

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Under pressure from Cameron, the PM explained that it was the duty of the present Commons to clean itself up and for the Government to show leadership. There was also a recession to fight. He said chaos would stem from the public spending cuts that a Tory Government would mean.

Gordon Brown is directly responsible for the existing chaos (not that which would result from the Conservatives winning the election) by his action or by his omission and so is Gorbals Mick by the same token. How can he have the brass neck to tell the people what the Conservatives would do if they won the election and how can he say, without calling an election that the "people" want Labour to stay and "get on with the job". They have "got on with the job" up to now destroying any vestige that may have remained of the British way of life, the economy, crime, the NHS etc. etc. etc. Blair is equally culpable for putting Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer for 11 or 12 years.