2006/03/23

UK Quietly Does Away With Parliament

While Bu$hCo breaks the law under the auspices of war powers, attaches his own interpretation to new laws, or instructs his agencies to simply ignore the law, Tony Blair's Labour party quietly plots to make Parliament irrelevant.

News sources in the in the UK have been reporting on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which would, in The Guardian's words, "...rip the heart out of parliamentary democracy" by giving government ministers the power to make law without submitting anything to the legislature. And interestingly this is not the first time such a bill has been introduced. This one comes on the heels of the 2004's Civil Contingencies Act, another bill that expanded ministerial power at the expense of Parliament.

Scary stuff. Though the opposition parties are starting to challenge Labour over their attempted power grab.

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That seems sort of unBritish of them after 400 years of a gradual shift toward parliamentary powers(but then, I would have never thought the U.S. would come to the point we have).
This is tragic. I've always said if we had a parliament like theres, Bush would not have been able to get away with as much as he has and never would have been reelected. Maybe Tony's jealous of our system. I hope they fail.
*theirs
I suppose they are taking lessons out of the GOP playbook. Too bad for our neighbors across the pond.
this must be in cahoots with bush and friends
Maybe Tony's jealous of our system. I hope they fail.

Looks that way Kathleen, but to address Windspike's point about the GOP Playbook, Labour appears to be trying to put the force of law behind this move. Bu$hCo wouldn't bother. They'd just subvert the law and then try to classify their actions to keep them out of the public eye.

Blair and Co. seem to want to enshrine this nonsense out of a sense of paternalism. In other words, "Trust us, we know what's best. No need to involve Parliament." This to me seems uniquely European.
Margaret Thatcher is kicking herself for not coming up with this shite herself.
As far as I'm concerned george and tony can hold hands and skip right down to hell!
As far as I'm concerned george and tony can hold hands and skip right down to hell!

But Tony is really an equal-opportunity suck up. Remember that his took his initial inspiration to remake Labour from Clinton.
Dopn't worry PoP, I've got a nice placed saved for Tony and Georgie.
Once again, fighting for democracy abroad while undermining it at home.
Dopn't worry PoP, I've got a nice placed saved for Tony and Georgie.

Oh mah gawhd! Satan himself, and on my little blog. Is this my 15 minutes? :-)
I'm linking to this for a post of mine on Friday... of course with full hat tip.
The Media is saying very little about this horrible bill, leaving it to us Bloggers to make a noise.

We have been running a letter writing campaign for weeks.

http://rightlinks.co.uk/linked/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=6

There is also a couple of sites dedicated to the bill.

http://www.saveparliament.org.uk/

http://bill111.wordpress.com/

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