I wrote this two tweet thread yesterday in exasperation at the contempt the government has for Parliament, and the role that the current Speaker has in enabling this:
- Let MPs call ministers liars when they are
- Let MPs take control of the business of the House of Commons as parliamentary sovereignty demands
- Allow any MP to bring forward legislation to hold ministers to account
- Permit MPs to vote to sack ministers who lie to them
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) June 14, 2021
It was subsequently pointed out to me that some of the things I suggest are not possible at present. My response was simple: if we really had parliamentary sovereignty they would be. It makes my case that Parliament is so constrained.
It seems to me that we are watching the death of our democracy in something that no longer looks like slow motion.