Regime confusion in the UK.
June 1 Economist has written a brilliant leader: “Brexit” it said, “has long been a political crisis. It looks destined for a constiturional crisis too…one for which it it is wholly unprepared.”
The point is that in the UK, more than most, the terms of political business have evolved over time, developed around precedent, tempered and beaten largely by those who played the conventional game. But that game has changed. Here are a few questions for the new players to ponder;
– are the Conservatives to be allowed to choose their replacement leader and so next Prime Minister through the ludicrously small and inappropriate vehicle of the 120,000 paid up members of its Party, when the issues the nation immediately faces are so historically important and the Party has lost the confidence of the country.
– how will a disfunctional parliament deal with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales? All have been granted Assemblies – are these to have no voice in such a decision? Should they each have a referendum?
– if the UK cannot untangle the knott of Brexit, how on earth can it expect to cope with secession?
– how can anyone vote one way or the other without knowing the details of the future strategic course for which they are voting?
– The UK is facing an historic slate of decisions, so what does “Duty” mean here? Is the “Duty” of an MP to her country, to his constituency, her party, his family or just to himself? Why should they all see this “Duty” in the same light?
The Brexit knot is already frustratingly tight. There may be no time to unravel it.
Sell the UK.
Have a good day, James.