Tag: House of Commons

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  • Different shades of democracy

    Different shades of democracy

    The list of Prime Ministers who had to resign despite having a majority in the house, is a fairly lengthy one, indicating the strength of a parliamentary democracy.

    June 2, 2019
  • Unavoidable anathema

    Unavoidable anathema

    The nub of the matter must be that Mrs May leads a party in which an influential minority group considers the idea as harmful in terms of their identity.

    April 4, 2019
  • Nightmare that is Brexit

    Nightmare that is Brexit

    Brexit is turning to a nightmare, now threatening to bring down yet another British Prime Minister. There is no sign of light yet in the dark tunnel. The British have made a mess of the issue, the House of Commons once a dazzling, sparkling ground of the greats of the empire, is now like a school with quarrelling kids. The lingering desire of hanging on to memory and nothing much else, the parliamentarians, now referred to as lawmakers, can’t even produce a sensible law. To me, like many others of my generation, the spectacle is terribly sad, the worst thing that can happen to any nation is not to be able to take any positive decision.

    March 31, 2019
  • Historic rebuff

    Historic rebuff

    As the country’s Prime Minister, Mrs May has widened the rift within her party, rather than address the conundrum.

    January 18, 2019
  • Brexit after the Commons defeat

    Brexit after the Commons defeat

    She spent most of last year trying to persuade her cabinet to sign up to a compromise Brexit deal that came to be known as “Chequers”.

    January 17, 2019
  • Jolt for Mrs May

    Jolt for Mrs May

    Indeed, in an unusual conjunction of the opposition and a section of the ruling Tories, Labour and Conservative MPs have demonstrated the strength of parliamentary opposition to leaving the European Union without a deal.

    January 12, 2019
  • A pregnant reprieve

    A pregnant reprieve

    A confidence vote in parliament is generally provoked by the actions of the leader; it is a quirk of Britain’s constitutional narrative that Thursday’s vote was necessitated by what she did not do.

    December 18, 2018
  • A PM on the run!

    A PM on the run!

    The outlook for Brexit is as fogbound as the damp English winter. European Union leaders have let it be known that there can be “no further renegotiation of the terms of the United Kingdom’s departure”.

    December 13, 2018
  • Brexit: France warns to prepare for ‘no deal’

    Brexit: France warns to prepare for ‘no deal’

    France's minister for European affairs, Nathalie Loiseau, sounded the alarm bells in Brussels as Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May embarked on a lightning mini-tour of EU capitals to beg for support.

    December 11, 2018
  • Signed, but not clinched

    Signed, but not clinched

    Sunday’s approval at the European Union summit of the Brexit draft withdrawal treaty will drive Britain closer to the unhappy and unnecessary ending of a 45-year story. But whether it comes to fruition ~ as Theresa May wishes and many among the Conservatives don’t ~ is as yet far from certain. It is ever so …

    November 28, 2018
  • An idiot’s Brexit idiots don’t like

    An idiot’s Brexit idiots don’t like

    Around two decades ago, a contestant on Ready Steady Cook who fancied himself something of a comedy legend overturned his plastic bag to reveal the ingredients he had brought with him from home, from which he expected his mystery celebrity chef to whip up a gourmet feast inside 20 minutes. They were: a Pot Noodle, …

    November 25, 2018
  • Shekhar A Bhattacharjee: Discover and get discovered

    Shekhar A Bhattacharjee: Discover and get discovered

    Shekhar A Bhattacharjee, founder and CEO, Great Place to Study, speaks about the organisation's unique and in-depth rating programme of educational centres.

    November 20, 2018
  • Threat of impeachment

    Threat of impeachment

    The midterm elections have ended in the US with an apparently confusing message: Republicans have gained more seats in the Senate, Democrats in the House. But the real message is unambiguous: President Trump’s unchallenged rule has ended. He could do so far whatever he wanted, for he had both chambers of Congress on his side, …

    November 20, 2018
  • Theresa May to continue negotiations on UK’s EU exit

    Theresa May to continue negotiations on UK’s EU exit

    May has come under pressure from some of her own cabinet ministers to renegotiate aspects of the nearly 600-page document outlining the draft deal.

    November 18, 2018
  • Turmoil in Albion

    Turmoil in Albion

    The government of Theresa May has been thrown into turmoil 24 hours after the British Prime Minister’s announcement that “any deal on Brexit is better than no deal”. That essay towards a halfway-house shall not work after Thursday’s resignations of the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, and the work and pensions secretary, Esther McVey. This is …

    November 17, 2018
  • Spy poisoning

    Spy poisoning

    Relations between Britain and Russia, soured since the “novichok poisoning” of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last March, have plummeted by an exceptional degree with Theresa May’s startling disclosure in the House of Commons, of a kind that verily puts the Kremlin on notice. The two Russians, who were named and charged, have been …

    September 10, 2018
  • Anti-semitism in Britain

    Anti-semitism in Britain

    “Politics ain’t beanbag,” Chicago’s only black mayor Harold Washington, who faced tenacious and devious local foes, had good reason to remark. Beanbag is a carnival game, played more or less fairly and for paltry stakes. Politics is the amoral no-holds barred arena it is because the stakes are so high. Those enjoying power obviously are …

    August 27, 2018