Virginia Barton

9 June 2017: The Morning After

9 June 2017: The Morning After

 

9 June 2017

 

UK

 

Actually, I’m feeling rather grim and look like the witch of Endor.

Yes there was tea, and several plates of toast and marmalade. But despite preparedness, it was doleful listening and the inoffensive Cleggers lost his seat.

A plague on all your houses. The consensus seems to be another Election in October, but anything may happen. JC (no, not the JC you’re thinking of) seems to have rallied the youngsters, which is good news as it’s their future.

 

Thanks for your comments yesterday. Rents, travel, childcare and rising prices are driving nurses and others to food banks. It’s very shocking and the contrast glaring if you take a stroll down Knightsbridge.

Personally, I think I’ll wheel BH to the top of a hill and wait for The Deluge.

 

 

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  • Mike says on: June 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm

     

    The whole mess reveals a structural problem with parliamentary governance; namely, the continual need to ‘go to the people’ for a vote. Any national vote result is a snapshot – a moment in time – and should not be taken so seriously. There’s a good chance that if the UK put Brexit up for another vote now, there’d be a different result. Is that any way to govern?

    In the US, specific policies are never voted on by the national electorate, and there is a good reason for that. Maybe it’s time for the UK to re-visit its form and structure of government and learn some best practices from its American cousin. Cheers!

    • Ginny says on: June 10, 2017 at 2:38 pm

       

      I’m glad you mentioned best practices Mike; there are some rather objectionable ones in the USA – and elsewhere of course.

      Referenda are not binding on the British Parliament. However, in the special circumstances of the Brexit vote Cameron made it clear that he and his Government would consider this one to be so, and both the current Conservative and Labour leaders have indicated the same.

      No Parliament can bind its successors; however there is a clear moral obligation for Parliament to follow the will of the people in this instance.

  • Rosanne says on: June 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

     

    Oh, Ginny, we do live in difficult times. I am heartened by any affirmation of simple decency and compassion over rapaciousness and rage.

    I am reluctant to involve myself in a political discussion, but speaking as one of the many informed Americans who can scarcely believe what we now behold on an almost-hourly basis:

    Best practices are not best learned from your American cousins at the moment. Heavens no. Perhaps once not so terribly long ago, and perhaps once again in a not so distant future, but not now.

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