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Are the UK authorities over-reaching their powers? 
Post: #1   PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:05 am Reply with quote
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Traditionally, Britain is ruled by the Three Estates. Historically, these were the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, ie the Church (notably Bishops), the House of Lords and House of Commons. However, the modern meaning of the Three Estates has evolved into the Government, Parliament (both houses) and the Judiciary, although this is not strictly accurate. The important point is these Three Estates are required to be independent of each other, each serving a single set of terms of reference.

Parliament, IMHO, is the most important Estate. Its main function is to create/modify/abrogate laws according to an established set of rules. It is the decision-making body.

The Government is the Estate that executes the decisions of Parliament. Normally, it should have no powers of law-making, interpretation or decision, except in strict emergencies (eg WWII was declared by Chamberlain on behalf of the Government before Parliamentary approval could be obtained). Nor can it over-ride the decisions of Parliament. Today, much of the power of Parliament has morphed into the Government, which is sadly no longer a separate, independent, executive, advisory to Parliament. The Government should have no power of decision above that of a pure Executive.

Thankfully, the Third Estate, the Judiciary, has remained largely independent of Parliament and the Government. Its function is to ensure that the laws of the land are respected and to interpret and resolve legal disputes.

I feel that it is time for restoring a better separation between the Government and Parliament and let each perform its unique duties as was intended by past statesmen.

PS to show I'm not just a one-linerist Smile

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Post: #2   PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:59 pm Reply with quote
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We all like to think of democracy being the "given" in most countries today. Alas, with so many choosing to not vote the time is getting nearer and nearer whereby the same no will not vote as will vote. Should it be compulsory for one to vote considering what our ancestors went through for that right? Confused
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:26 pm Reply with quote
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Your question is not relevant to my post, but the answer is a resounding 'NO' because the right of abstention is part of democracy.

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:26 pm Reply with quote
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Excellently put as per usual. Agree on everything.

I would like to see something like a Privy Council to help and advise the House but would insist it be totally impartial. At least then if things go diabolically wrong we the public could turn round and you "you were warned".
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