The critics are right; this is the most divided, useless cabinet in almost a century. What a way to break an omerta. Not only is Julian Smith the first government chief whip to blab, but he also used the magnificent “knackered” to describe his physical and emotional conditional, and, obliquely, the state of the second May administration (2017 to…not much longer). So it is, too – not a very controversial point of view when you think about it. Check out the video of Theresa May outside Number 10 back in the summer of 2016 when she decided to take the job on and end the “burning injustices in society”; an unfortunate phrase as it was to turn out. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now I hope this is not a sexist remark – I’d say the same about the greying of Tony Blair or Gordon Brown in office – but she looks … [Read more...] about Opinion: Is our Brexit government really the most ill-disciplined cabinet in British political history?
Ian Blackford said voters are "ashamed" of the UK Parliament, UK Government and the "embarrassment that British politics has become". The SNP Westminster leader urged MPs to find a consensus as he spoke of the feeling of ordinary Britons watching Brexit unfold. "People at home are watching and they're ashamed of this parliament, ashamed of this government, ashamed of the embarrassment that British politics has become. "Parliament today must move to find a consensus, we must come together and protect the interests of citizens across Scotland and all other parts of the United Kingdom. The Scottish MP suggested that the Prime Minister was undermining parliament. And he called on Mrs May to listen to the views of MPs and to reject a no-deal Brexit, adding: "What is the point of all of us sitting in this chamber and voting on debates and the Prime Minister thinks she can ignore parliamentary sovereignty? What a disgrace - because if our votes don't count, then, frankly, we may … [Read more...] about Ian Blackford says voters are ‘ashamed’ of what ‘British politics has become’
It is Thursday afternoon and 20-year-old art student Sonya Woodruff has taken time off from her studies to make a point about Brexit outside parliament. She is standing quietly against the black railings as the rain comes down, holding a purple sign which reads: “No one voted for this Brexit mess.” Inside the Commons, MPs are preparing for a third consecutive night of voting on Brexit as they try to break the interminable deadlock. They have already, in the previous two days, taken two big decisions which seem to some of the protesters outside rather contradictory. On Tuesday they voted down Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time and the next evening rejected leaving the EU with no deal. Later on Thursday they will decide whether to ask the EU for a delay – more than two and a half years on from the referendum and with just over two weeks to go until the UK is due to leave the EU. The atmosphere among MPs and ministers in the lobbies is grim. The cabinet, … [Read more...] about Brexit and the week that all but broke British politics
Hundreds of Brexit supporters were today expected to set out on the 'March To Leave' from Sunderland in what former UKIP leader Nigel Farage called "a momentous day in British political history". The high-profile MEP was joined by other politicians and leaders of the Leave Means Leave campaign that set off on the first stage of the march - travelling from Sunderland to Hartlepool - which will ultimately culminate in a large rally in London's Parliament Square on March 29. Organisers say the objective of the march is to "demonstrate the level of popular discontent, especially outside of London, with the way the Westminster elite are betraying the will of the people over Brexit".Mr Farage said: "Today is a momentous day in British political history."Pro-Brexit supporters are out in significant numbers as we begin the March To Leave to show the out-of-touch Westminster elite the depth of dissatisfaction at their appalling mishandling of the Brexit process."We will not sit by idle as the … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage hails ‘momentous day in British political history’ as pro-Brexit March To Leave sets off from Sunderland to Hartlepool
The British political system has existed, in a relatively similar form, for hundreds of years. Periodically, an issue will arise which causes a shock to the system, reform follows and then life returns to normal. Even the parliamentary buildings are a throwback to an earlier era, failing to have even enough seats for all 650 MPs now elected to the chamber. It is a parliamentary system which prides itself on its ability to be bomb-proof, immune to the temporary ebb and flows of popularism, providing strong and stable majority governments for generations. No longer. The old certainties feel far less permanent in the wake of Brexit. The spectacle of the House of Commons has become a regular fixture on our television sets, with the commons becoming the scene of passionate speeches and rousing argument. As the physical structure of the Houses of Parliament are repaired and saved from the ravages of old age, how can the political system it houses be saved? Has Brexit exposed cracks … [Read more...] about Opinion: Brexit has finally broken the British political system