In search of healthy government
After many years thinking about how a healthy society should govern itself, I’ve settled on a number of key reforms that I think would make Britain’s political system fit for a mature society.
Unfortunately, however, none of my attempts to get meaningful reform introduced through existing political processes have made any progress. After seeing the constitutional contortions of the second half of 2019, I have come to the conclusion that the reforms we need cannot happen unless some kind of societal collapse takes place.
Up to now, it’s been hard to see what might precipitate that but I think the measures taken in response to the current pandemic do make it look far more plausible.
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Category Archives: Brexit
The turmoil of the last two or three years has been distressing and confusing for many people, but it has at least exposed the inadequacies of our current political system to a much wider audience. Many who previously didn’t question … Continue reading
There’s been endless discussion recently of the different varieties of Brexit we might end up with, and dire warnings of what will happen if we leave without a deal. But one ominous scenario seems to have largely escaped people’s attention: … Continue reading
The last two years have laid bare the inadequacies of our current political system and many people who were previously fairly happy with how our country is governed now recognise that, whatever happens with Brexit, we need fundamental change, not … Continue reading
The 2016 referendum feels like a long time ago now but Parliament is perhaps, at last, trying to have the discussion that (in my innocence) I’d assumed would follow the shock of the result. Is it too much to hope … Continue reading
In previous posts, written a week or so after the EU referendum (A Constitutional Moment and Respecting the Result), I suggested that the Brexit vote had brought us to a constitutional crisis which had the potential to catalyse major reform … Continue reading
There’s a lot of talk at the moment about the importance of respecting the result of the referendum. But which result should be respected? There is, of course, the primary result of the simple count of votes cast but it … Continue reading
It seems to be widely taken for granted that the recent referendum has given government a mandate to take Britain out of the European Union. I believe that view rests on a failure to understand some crucial differences betweeen this … Continue reading