Post by The Todal
Presumably you saw her on the Andrew Marr show.
I *know* it was about curbing the power-grabbing ambitions of Theresa
May, a mediocre politician who knows little or no constitutional law.
To prevent her making unconstitutional decisions, and to give control
back to Parliament, where it belongs.
Here's the website.
Just a letter, no request for funds. What can you possibly object to?
And there have been some very perceptive speeches in the House of Lords.
Maybe you believe that the Lords should all be made to shut up and suck
it up, in the interests of, er, Parliamentary sovereignty?
Invoking Article 50 is the inevitable consequence of the referendum
result last year. There is no alternative but to do that. I am being
consistent here. Throughout the Scottish referendum campaign, in which I
played some part, I made it very clear that the result would be binding.
If we voted to leave, that was it; there was no going back. For the sake
of consistency, and because I happen to think it is right as a matter of
democratic principle, if we ask people what they think and they come
back with an answer, even if we do not like the answer, we have to go
along with it. There is no point in trying to rerun the arguments that
should frankly have been made with more force on my side last year. It
did not work and we now have that result. It is now up to us to ensure
that we try to shape things so that we get the best possible result for
the United Kingdom, as the noble Lord has just said.
However, that will not be easy. I also, of course, part company with the
many who have spoken who take a different view from mine—mainly from the
Benches opposite—who are more or less inviting us to give the Prime
Minister and the Government a blank cheque. I am not prepared to do
that. The problem is this: whereas a narrow majority, but a majority
none the less, voted for us to leave the European Union last year—we
know what they are against—there was no plan B, no alternative on the
ballot paper. It is not at all clear exactly what people were voting
for. The truth is that there will be a whole spectrum of people who
voted to leave the European Union and will not be happy until we treat
it as any other third country—keeping it at a distance—and those who
just wanted a rearrangement and a slightly different sense of direction.
The problem is that the leavers did not expect to win and the remainers
thought they would, and the result was that there was no plan B waiting
to be taken down. That is why we get the impression that the Government
over the last few months have been very much making up matters on the
hoof and why we have a White Paper which must be the thinnest government
publication I have ever seen—I say that having been a Member of a
Government for 13 years. This has precious little to commend it.