Is the Queen about to dissolve Parliament?
Her Majesty has exercised little of her constitutional powers over Parliament during her 57 year reign. She has dutifully granted Royal Assent to thousands of Bills, some of which must have stretched her Christian conscience to the limits. She has performed the bidding of her ministers in dissolving Parliament, opening Parliament, and summoning party leaders to ask if they are able to form a government. But although much of her power has become theoretical, subsumed to procedural convention, she does retain the constitutional right to warn her prime minister on any matter she sees fit.
It appears that she is concerned that the corrosive revelations of the corrupt behaviour of MPs is doing for the reputation of Parliament what the response of the Royal Family to the death of Diana Princess of Wales almost did for the institution of Monarchy. Trust and confidence have evaporated. Parliament is paralysed, and its future is in jeopardy. Public outrage can easily be whipped up into revolutionary dissent, and drastic action must be taken to avert mass revolt and social disorder. We are not quite in the Paris of 1789, but we are long last past Downing Street of 1990 and fast approaching the Brixham of 1688. We only lack Seven Bishops or an ‘immortal seven’ politicians. Commoners have been known to get rid of lords and kings, and backbenchers have brought down prime ministers. It is time for another Glorious Revolution – for ‘religion, liberty, property and a free Parliament’.
It is difficult to see how Speaker Martin can survive. Cranmer shall post more on this tomorrow as Mr Speaker looks to be facing a vote of no confidence. He has become symbolic of and inseparable from the sleaze and decay with which Parliament is now inflicted. Her Majesty must realise this, and warn the Prime Minister that the nation’s First Commoner is no longer fit for office for he is more concerned by the interests of the Executive than with the will of the people. But the House of Commons must also be purged of those who have blatantly defrauded the taxpayer. And we are not talking of those who have claimed reasonably ‘within the rules’, but those who have purposely manipulated those rules for greed and the manifestly unreasonable purpose of maximising their personal income. Many MPs are good, quite a few in between, but some are identifiably bad. Multiple claims for the same pieces of furniture, the apportioning of two ‘second homes’, claiming for non-existent mortgages, using allowances to refurbish property for the sole purpose of selling it on – all of these amount to fraud. The CPS must investigate, and arrests must be made. Criminal charges ought to be brought in the first instance against Elliot Morley, Andrew Mackay, Julie Kirkbride, Fraser Kemp and David Chaytor. Repayment in these cases in an insufficient sanction: they defrauded the public purse and are indelibly stained with corruption. They should be deselected immediately and barred from holding public office.
Her Majesty must dissolve Parliament: it is her moral duty. The Prime Minister must call an immediate General Election: it is a political imperative. The Houses of Parliament belong to the people: the House of Commons is our chamber. The constitutional checks and balances developed over the centuries need to have their powers restored. The House of Commons must be free to debate and make its own laws, for it is their privilege, irrespective of EU suppression; ministers must be accountable to Parliament, irrespective of the myriad of bureaucratic quangos which have usurped that responsibility; the House of Lords must be reformed, for it is has become a chimera of confusion; the Monarch must have her kingdom returned to her, for she is the Head of State; and the people must have their sovereignty restored, for democracy depends upon it.
Your Majesty, please dissolve this decomposing parliament for the stench of decay reaches right to the nostrils of God.