Wednesday, 28 October 2015

'Unelected Socialist Cult of So-called Lords Should Learn to Keep Their Noses Out.'



When will the Portsmouth City Bishop Christopher Foster and his fellow unelected, unbiblical, Jeremy Corbyn following, socialist cult of so-called Lords from the Church of England ever learn to keep their noses out of the financial politics of the House of Commons?

As that magnificent historian and Somerset Conservative MP, Jacob Rees Mogg, recently pointed out, there is a long standing tradition that the unelected House of Lords supports the financial business of the democratically elected House of Commons because the unelected Chamber only works if it accepts the legitimacy of a democratic mandate.

This dates right back to the 12th century some 800 years before even The Parliament Act became law in 1911.

Might I therefore ask the Right Rev Foster and his fellow Lords to accept this tradition because if he doesn't then it is now clear that George Osborne is left with just three options.

These are to either scrap the Lords completely, further restrict them when it comes to the legitimacy of the democratic mandate, or flood the House of Lords with more Conservative peers as was the case when we had a similar constitutional crisis to this prior to the introduction of the Representation of The People Act in 1832.

After all, it was the democratically elected will of the British People in the May General Election to support the £12 Billion benefit cuts was it not?

The Rt Rev Foster should therefore either respect the will of the British electorate or, in the words of the former Foreign Secretary, William Hague, "we should amend The Parliament Act to make clear the supremacy of the House of Commons on matters of finance" once and for all!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So where did the Conservative Party explicitly point out that they would cut tax credits? In fact, did Cameron or Osborne ever answer questions on whether any of the welfare cuts would come from tax credit changes, or how much would?

Had that happened, then they and you could claim some democratic mandate. And had a Bill need used, then the Lords would not have been able to block legislation


But as the government tried to use a Statutory Instrument (presumably because there is less possibility for Parliament to scrutinise or amend it) to make changes that are not an explicit manifesto commitment, the Lords had a point.

The real shame is that all those MPs who stood up and pointed out how damaging this was to working families and to Tory credibility found themselves unable to vote against it in the Commons.

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