How much power does parliament have?

We don’t do a lot on the monarchy/republic thing but here’s one from Ken Craggs:

The following is from a lecture by Professor Vernon Bogdanor who is a Professor of Law and a Professor of Political history at Gresham College.

“Since 1689, when Parliament determined the line of succession, the monarchy has been a constitutional monarchy. Parliament can, at any time, alter the line of succession, as it did at the time of the Abdication in 1936, so that we, the people, have the right, if we so wish, through Parliament, to alter the line of succession or, if we wish, to abolish the monarchy entirely.” (See  p.10 of the transcript). Here’s the video of the lecture.”

I was doing all right until I got to this:

admire straw and clarke

Admire Clarke and Straw? That’s the point where it was lost on me.

4 comments for “How much power does parliament have?

  1. Errol
    September 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Being blunt, politicians are far too powerful with far too few chains on them. When we have referism, when I can prevent an MP passing law and then have that MP removed from office then – then we will have a democractic government.

  2. Mudplugger
    September 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Despite our general disregard for politicians, we are fortunate that, despite having a Parliament with absolute authority and a largely unwritten constitution, it has more-or-less worked without the traumas suffered by many other, more regulated states.
    Maybe the imposing potency of their power actually stops them exercising it without restraint, maybe we’ve just been lucky, maybe next year it will be different but, to date, fears of our undeniably shabby politicians going OTT have generally been unfounded, although what we, the people, would do about it if that ever changed would remain to be seen.

  3. Henry Kaye
    September 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    It seems to me that the bigger danger is that the likes of Professor Bogdanor can go around talking such rubbish! I would agree with Mudplugger that our politicians have too much POTENTIAL power and we are fortunate that they don’t exercise that full potential! The danger, though, is always there and it would be wise if we could come up with some way of curbing any excesses should they arise.

    • Ted Treen
      September 4, 2016 at 12:41 am

      We once had a way: but the PTB seized on the opportunities offered to them by Hungerford and Dunblane, and ensured that the law-abiding citizens could have nothing more than sharpened sticks.

      As these are not too effective when the state-controlled enforcers gave H&K’s, SA80s, SIGs and/or Glocks, the disarmed general populace can be instructed forcefully, and any dissent can be ignored.

      At least that’s their thinking.

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