A protocol of British democracy is that the House of Lords shows humility in recognition that its members are not elected, in exchange for which the Commons retains a degree of deference to the ancient pedigree of the upper house. This arrangement, underpinned by convention and statute, is tested whenever peers thwart some cherished government ambition. Such protocols did not prevent the Lords from sabotaging George Osborne’s plans to cut tax credits last year. David Cameron’s government threatened to retaliate with legislation making curtailment of peer power more explicit. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Brexit and the Lords: power to examine
With the advent of the third way in the 1990s, it became fashionable in some quarters to declare that the adversarial model of politics was now obsolete – so categories of right and left were no longer needed. But even the champions of a post-political consensus cannot avoid drawing a frontier between themselves and their rivals. Since they refuse to draw it in an adversarial way, they create a moral divide, which does not permit a true agonistic debate. Tony Blair pitted the modernisers against the traditionalists; for Emmanuel Macron, the frontier is between the progressives and the conservatives. … [Read more...] about Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism
secession - breaking away from the country subversion - undermining the power or authority of the central government terrorism - using violence or intimidation against people activities by foreign forces that interfere in Hong Kong One part that has got people worried is the suggestion that China could set up its own institutions in Hong Kong responsible for security. … [Read more...] about Hong Kong security law: What is it and is it worrying?
Just two days later the next Sage meeting said evidence “now supports implementing school closures on a national level as soon as practicable to prevent NHS intensive care capacity being exceeded”, warning that the UK appeared to be a few weeks behind Italy in the pandemic curve. The advice added: “If the interventions are required, it would be better to act early.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus in England: half of those with symptoms not isolating
Mali has been in chaos since 2012, when al Qaeda-linked jihadists seized the northern two-thirds of the country, prompting a French intervention, now numbering 4,500 troops in Operation Barkhane. It's spearheaded by Task Force Sabre, comprising elite French special forces. … [Read more...] about Germany extends Bundeswehr mission in Mali