DUBLIN — Put 100 ordinary citizens in a room and together they will solve the most intractable political problems of our time and save democracy in the process. If only things were so simple. Citizens' assemblies, in which ordinary people are entrusted to carefully consider evidence on an issue and deliver policy recommendations, are the flavor of the month among political geeks across the world. Rory Stewart, one of the Tories vying to be the United Kingdom's next prime minister, is proposing one to solve Brexit. President Emmanuel Macron has promised a grand débat national to involve the public directly in his efforts to reform France through citizens' assemblies, online consultations and local meetups. The parliament of Belgium's German-speaking community has set up a structure to include citizens' assemblies in its decision-making on a permanent basis. Similar efforts are popping up everywhere from Sydney to Madrid to Gdańsk. The enthusiasm is the largely … [Read more...] about The myth of the citizens’ assembly
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opinion Linda J. Killian Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EDT Apr 29, 2019 There are fresh affronts to democracy daily with Donald Trump in the White House. But with the news that he and members of his administration plan to flout all congressional subpoenas no matter what the subject, Trump’s disrespect for the rule of law and constitutional norms has hit a new high (or low). This is arguably the most dangerous thing to happen to the American system of government since Trump became president. Trump, his administration and all the congressional Republicans who go along are saying the executive branch is totally beyond any congressional oversight. Why even have a Congress? Trump believes that he can do whatever he wants (no matter how illegal or harmful for the nation) and that there is nothing anyone, including Congress, can do about it. Trump and other congressional Republicans are acting as if the midterm elections of 2018, which decisively brought a … [Read more...] about Trump’s worst outrage yet: Resisting subpoenas, ignoring Constitution
Parliaments Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent 28 March 2019 comments Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-parliaments-47735516 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit Have we reached peak Bercow? The Speaker … [Read more...] about Is John Bercow at the end of his tether?
Here we take a look at the Speaker's powers: What is the role of the Speaker of the House of Commons?The familiar shout of "Order, order!" explains part of the Speaker's job in Parliament. They are in charge of keeping order during debates, and calling different MPs to take their turns speaking on various issues. What powers does the Speaker have?The Speaker is the highest authority in the House of Commons and has the power to ensure MPs follow the rules, including asking them to be quiet while others are speaking, directing a member to withdraw remarks if they are deemed to be abusive, and suspending the sitting of the House if there is judged to be serious disorder. An MP can be suspended if they are felt to have been deliberately disobedient. Is the Speaker impartial?The speaker is an elected MP, like all their colleagues in the House, and they are supposed to deal with constituency business as normal. However when elected they are required to resign from their political party and … [Read more...] about The 400-year-old rule that scuppered Theresa May: What powers does the House of Commons speaker have?
(CNN)For President Donald Trump, a bad defeat is simply a spark for a future fight. The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress' repudiation of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall. "VETO!" he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tried, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms. Trump's crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political careers: The irrepressible energy of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening. But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingness to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign leaders sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence. Read More His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian masterclass of a … [Read more...] about 16 minutes that explain the Trump presidency