Will 2019 be the next year of political crisis?

  Prerogative power just took a big hit. Right now, everyone is looking at the Article 50 issue, quite rightly.  But before addressing that, it’s worth pointing out that the executive in Britain uses prerogative powers widely.  A minority of geeky MPs have long complained about it, saying it undermines Parliamentary sovereignty.  They got nowhere: …

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Has the High Court ruling put a snap election back on the table?

  Today, the High Court has delivered the landmark ruling on the legal challenge to Article 50, and the Government has lost.   This is of great significance both constitutionally and politically, and could have wide-reaching ramifications for the timing of the UK’s exit from the EU. Despite arguments by the Government that the making and …

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SNP Conference Preview: What next for Sturgeon on indyref2?

  The 2015 General Election at which the SNP won a near clean-sweep of Scottish seats at Westminster had major ramifications not only for the balance of power in the House of Commons – it also significantly altered the long-established routine of the autumn party conference season. For so long an afterthought in the minds …

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Class dismissed

  The referendum results marks the latest, and most decisive, step on the road that marks the end of the domination of the political class, as it has been known for decades. The class is being dismissed and David Cameron is just the latest victim. The political class that has dominated all the main parties …

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