Tuesday, 27 December 2011

And we do not live under a democratised dictatorship?

IanPJonPolitics links to an article by Tim Worstall who in turn links to a report in the Guardian newspaper, from which we learn that a law rejected by Parliament was introduced by means of a Statutory Instrument (SI). (You can read more on the latter from Wikipedia.) Tim Worstall's post has also been picked-up by The Last Ditch.

IPJ is correct that the use of SIs needs to be revisited, it being a means by which EU directives are introduced, as it is but one aspect of how new laws are effected without any opportunity of the people to agree or disagree. This method of 'government' though is not confined to central government, with the practise also carried out by local authorities. Richard North, EU Referendum, comments that local authorities derive income from fees and charges, none of which is subject to any real accountability or democratic control. Local Authorities also spend taxpayer's money without any form of democratic control or accountability, as illustrated by this article from Ambush Predator.

For sure, political parties publish manifestos come election time, but these are so loosely worded and contain 'vague' promises, such that they are virtually worthless. How many of us would hire a group of tradesman to renovate (or 'fix') an old property without knowing what work is needed, how the work will be carried out and, more importantly, what it will cost? Yet is not that what we do, come election time, seek to select a political party who promises to 'fix' our country without knowing how they intend going about it, nor what the final cost will be?

Regular readers will have realized that I am leading up to something - and that 'something' will appear during the course of the coming weekend, at which time a suggestion for an alternative form of democracy and constitution will be presented.


TomTom said...

Statutory Instruments or Secondary Legislation is what history calls an Enabling Act, apparently it was a bad thing when used by Adolf Hitler, but seems to be ignored when used in England.

Be interesting to see the graph of SIs issued.

TomTom said...


Statutory Instruments Act 1946

IanPJ said...

Thanks as always for the link.

graham wood said...

WfW Good to hear you are "up to something" re alternative form of democracy and constitution.
I hope you can fit in the following perceptive quote, made as long ago as 1647 during Cromwell's 'Putney' debate in which he and others sought to reformulate democratic principles of government.
One Leveller asserted:
"I think Sir, it is clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government, and I do not think that the poorest man in England is not at all bound in a strict sense to that government that he hath not a voice to put himself under"

This is, as we know the very opposite of our present grossly undemocratic rule in Westminster by proxy for the contemptible Brussels oligarchy.

Hope you have time to include this or similar view?

WitteringsfromWitney said...

TT: Thanks for that link - handy stat.

IPJ: Pleasure as always.

gw: Will see what can be done.