Friday, May 18, 2007

We've always had an unelected Head of State. We now have an unelected head of government. Gordon Brown is now, to all intents and purposes, Prime Minister of the UK. No-one voted for him. Not even his own party, let alone the country. The power-loving apparatchiks and sycophants which make up the Parliamentary Labour Party didn't have enough backbone between them to muster just 45 supporters for a challenger. So no election, no debate, no forcing Gordon Brown to come out with more than the vacuous buzzwords he's mouthed so far ("trust... renewal..."). No democracy.


kathz said...

I agree about Brown but another matter disurbs me more.

I think it's important to focus on a couple of matters in the EU: the treaty with North America that was agreed a couple of weeks ago and which will presumably be ratified at Blair's last meeting with the European heads of state, and the plan advanced by Angela Merkel and supported by Blair and Sarkozy to pass a mini-constitution without referendum. I've blogged about this at in my post "End of a holiday" (2nd page - post of 13th May) and in a very brief post at on 7th May. If my suspicions about the contents of this treaty and constitution are right, we could be about to lose some crucial democratic rights (as happened in Canada when they signed a treaty with the U.S.). I don't know what the mini-constitution will say but there were disturbing elements in the one that was rejected - including a power of given to the European Central Bank.

I'm strongly pro-EU in many ways, by the way, and I hope I'm wrong about this. (I'd rather spend time thinking about poetry.)

Alan Baker said...

The post on your blog is interesting Kath. The bit about the treaty based on the North American model is disturbing. Democratic constraints on corporate power are a great inconvenience - I've always thought in fact that democracy was an inconvenience to Blair generally, and his post-PM career will allow him to operate without such constraints (at the World Bank perhaps?)