Total 22 Posts
A ‘stop Brexit’ sticker and suffragette colours: it’s really not clear what can get you kicked out of parliament5 min read
Parliaments are already widely viewed as inaccessible, technocratic institutions that are several steps removed from public concerns and values. A lack of clarity as to what visitors can bring with them will only reinforce these perceptions.
Resignation honours — What are they, why are they so controversial and can the system ever be changed?5 min read
The prospect of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss adding peers to the House of Lords has reopened a knotty debate that never quite gets resolved.
It’s not for the taxpayers to pick up the tab for getting the former Prime Minister off the hook. Here’s what Good Law Project are doing about the fact we all have, they think unlawfully, paid for Boris Johnson’s legal advice. And here’s why they think that legal advice is wrong.
From calling his opponent a bollard to shutting parliament for an extended period, Johnson has pushed the limits of the ‘good chaps school of government’.
The fall of Boris Johnson: Any democracy should look to his case and ask if it is enabling machiavellian leaders.4 min read
Boris Johnson is not the first world leader to prioritise his own ambitions over meaningful governance. But his fall is a good moment for reflection on how far a democracy is prepared to tolerate, and even reward Machiavellian tendencies.
Fact-check: The ministers’ revolt against Boris Johnson wasn’t anti-democratic – it’s representative democracy in action. As for his claim to have a mandate from the people, it is misguided.