Jacob Rees-Mogg and Jeremy Corbyn Expose the Futility of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act

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Sometimes nerdy political historians and political scientists could be accused of enjoying political shenanigans or borderline constitutional crises, like the Prorogation-Coalition Controversy of 2008, because they’re “interesting.” They are indeed interesting. But they are, more importantly, instructive and revealing.

I have experienced such a “teachable moment” myself over the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act and its procedure for early dissolution that requires a two-thirds super-majority in favour of the motion “That there by an early parliamentary election.” I’ve been following this issue of fixed-date elections in Canada and fixed-term parliaments in the United Kingdom for over five years, but this idea did not occur to me until I saw the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act in action — and it would probably never have occurred to me unless I had seen it in action. I used to regard these European-style fixed-term parliaments laws as vastly different in principle from…

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Utopia - you are standing in it promotes a classical liberal view of the world and champion the mass flourishing of humanity through capitalism and the rule of law. The origin of the blog is explained in the first blog post at https://utopiayouarestandinginit.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/why-call-my-blog-utopia-you-are-standing-in-it/

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