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The Fixed Term parliament act - yet another not-so-clever innovation from David Cameron. It means you can only have a general election every 5 years

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 05:58:56 PM EST
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Absent a 2/3 vote of Parliament.


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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 06:50:20 PM EST
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And also absent a VONC which isn't reversed within 14 days or replaced by a VOC in someone else. Corbyn could probably win a VONC in Boris right now, it is much less clear whether he or anyone could win a VOC in the current Parliament. For that reason the most likely outcome of a VONC is a general election, but the timing is getting very tight if it is to be held before Brexit day.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 at 10:28:46 PM EST
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Most countries have fixed parliamentary terms, and restriction on the ability of the executive to call elections outside of those fixed terms. It places the primary responsibility for sorting out problems on elected politicians, rather than them running to the electorate whenever it suits them not to take that responsibility. In most of the adult world, that works pretty well. Elections outside the standard parliamentary cycle should be a rare and extraordinary event signalling a major failure of the political system to do its job and with dire electoral consequences for those deemed responsible.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 11:17:08 AM EST
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Which is fine when your constitution is set up for that. The FTPA fiddled with one part of the constitution and took away a safety valve. It means rejigging the rest of the constitution to achieve balance.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 11:19:58 AM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 11:30:31 AM EST
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What amendments to the "Constitution" would be suggest would "balance" the fixed term Parliament Act? A requirement that anyone the Queen appoints PM must first win a VOC in the House would seem to me a necessary reform, but that reform is required regardless of the FTPA. Rarely has the UK had a Parliament that can disagree on so much and agree on so little. That in itself is a consequence of the very adversarial culture the FPTP system creates where "working across the aisle" is systematically discouraged and culturally almost unimaginable.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 5th, 2019 at 11:37:57 AM EST
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