Author: browneconomy

Can We Do Anything About It?

On Monday 23rd March, Site posted an Invited Voices entitled “The Constitutional Nuclear Button” where we briefly discussed the Queens powers to dissolve a Parliament. Since then, in the light of the ongoing ‘Expenses Scandal’, some of our greatest fears about the honesty & integrity of our political system have been brought into the public domain. Yesterday, in response to Site’s post: “Make laws for the benefit of the people” I half jokingly suggested a petition demanding a dissolution of Parliament.

There has been a legal precedent for this:

On 20 April 1653 in a speech given to the House of Commons, Oliver Cromwell dissolved what was known as the Long Parliament. His speech is reported to have read:

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

In the name of God, go!”

Read the above speech and take out all the C.17th English (the ye’s etc) & perhaps we could as a site re-write it for today and submit a petition to http://petitions.number10.gov.uk Leading on from this do we, the Citizens of this country have the right to directly submit a petition to the Queen demanding the dissolution of Parliament?

Personally I have signed a couple of petitions @ number10.gov.uk the most recent being “please-go” (so far 58,000 signatories) and the one to Tony Blair, submitted in February 2007 "Scrap the planned vehicle tracking and road pricing policy" that received: 1,811,424 signatures. None have really done any good but remember the words of Martin Luther King “If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem”. If we, the citizens of this country allow our elected leaders off the hook then we are tacitly accepting the legitimacy of their actions.

I’ll start the draft petition:

“The parliamentary system has been corrupted by the greed & self interest of the representatives of the citizens of this nation. We, the citizens, have the right to expect that our political representatives perform their duties without self-interest and wholly for the benefit of the electorate…….

We therefore demand the immediate dissolution of Parliament.”

Your suggestions and amendments please…….

There have been a number of democratic revolutionary movements in authoritarian states named after colours – the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Rose Revolution in Georgia and the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon are three examples. In this internet age perhaps this will be the first E-revolution whereby through the power of the internet citizens can make their feelings heard and more importantly be listened to?

This is just for fun unless we want to take it further. If we do decide to post a finalised petition I am happy to be the first name.

Our Petition!

10 Downing Street: You are viewing petitions in the "Government, politics and public administration" category

I have tried to post a petition to the Number 10 Downing Street Website. I have submitted it today and have received the following reply (now removed):

QUOTE

Your petition reads:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Ask Her Majesty, The Queen, to dissolve Parliament with immediate effect .

The Prime Minister has the legal right to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament at any time.

“The parliamentary system of the UK has been compromised and corrupted by the greed & self interest of the current elected representatives of the citizens of this nation. We, the citizens, have the right to expect that our elected political representatives perform their duties without self-interest and wholly for the benefit of the electorate in return for an open and transparent remuneration.

We, the citizens of the UK, no longer have any confidence in the honesty or integrity of those we previously elected.

We elect our MPs so that they may govern in Her Majesty's name for our benefit. They have signally failed in this responsibility and are now governing to the detriment of the country, the citizens and the crown.

We therefore demand the immediate dissolution of Parliament.”

Thank you for submitting your petition.

END QUOTE

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