Parliamentary failure

Brexit has exposed the failure of Parliamentary democracy.

Does sovereignty reside in the people, the Parliament or the sovereign? Neither. Whatever sovereignty Parliament has, it was handed over to the European Union, or at least partially so because the European Parliament’s representative in the Brexit negotiations Guy Verhofstat wants even more.

Another aspect of parliamentary failure has been noted by many commentators that 77% of MPs in the House of Commons are Remainers and will not implement Brexit simpliciter with a clean break. Attempts to reverse the Brexit Referendum result has taken various forms but no commentator known to me has mentioned that this disconnect between MPs in the House of Commons and the voting public is not a new phenomenon.

There are repeated examples.

The first most obvious one is capital punishment. After the abolition of capital punishment in 1965 the number of murders steadily increased until knife crime is now out of control. Witnessing this rise in the early decades the public often wanted to restore capital punishment, but MPs thought that they knew better than the public and voted to retain it. Various arguments were used about 1. the inadequacy of deterrence, 2. miscarriages of justice, 3. subscription to international conventions and agreements, 4. state murder, etc., but in the end it came down to “we know best” – the same attitude as Remainers towards Brexit.

Another example is abortion. Although it is manifest that the majority of abortions are ‘social abortions’, denied by the campaign to legalise abortion in 1967, and in spite of improved knowledge about in utero development and improved medical resuscitation of premature births, MPs still vote as if “we know best” – the same attitude as Remainers towards Brexit.

Another example was Enoch Powell’s Bill to stop experimentation on human embryos.

Having persuaded so many women to choose abortion, this choice is now central to their thinking so that it is almost impossible without the grace of God to change their thinking. For them to acknowledge fault will raise issues of guilt that they would rather suppress than face. The Gospel deals with that guilt, but most of them do not know the Gospel.

However, this “we know best” attitude is widespread in human affairs. It led to the decline of Christianity in the western world. Beginning with biblical criticism in which the ‘experts’ undermined the confidence of ordinary people in the Bible, who were unprepared for an academic assault upon the Bible’s teaching at many levels.

As biblical Christianity teaches critical thinking and confidence to stand against peer-group pressure, the loss of Christianity created a compliant population who allow their MPs to contradict the wishes of the people. It is part of the judgment of God upon a disobedient people that they are left to their own devices under the bondage of dogmatic and self-assured leadership.

This shows how difficult it will be to reform the UK. Until there is a general appreciation for truth and love, people will continue to tolerate lies, hatred and this culture of death.

Links and updates:

17 Dec 2018 Parliament against the people.

12 Apr 2019: my protest against our parliamentarians failing to deliver Brexit on time is here.

31 Oct 2019: BBC Newsnight’s countdown to Brexit 3 after its failure to note the Brexit 2 deadline on 12 Apr 2019.

One thought on “Parliamentary failure

  1. Colin Mansfield

    Hi Donald,
    How many innocent people have been murdered since the death penalty was abolished. Yes there may have been mistakes in the past & an innocent 1 or 2 have suffered execution. I remember James Hanratty protesting his innocence to the last in the 1960s that he was not guilty. He made his family promise to clear his name too after his hanging. But after recent DNA checks from his interred body & the clothing of his victim, he was found to be guilty after all.
    The death penalty may be best carried out by subtle non-painful means: carbon monoxide poisoning in a sound proof, blacked out room, it would be more humane than other means ~ a gentle sleep with no awakening; removing the need for an audience and official attendants to the execution. A long term penal colony with useful work, on a faraway island may be another solution, e.g. the Falklands, or say, Tristan Da Cunha. Away from victim’s relatives, crime associates and the intrusive media (aren’t we being very cruel)?
    Abortion: so far 7 million potential humans have been “removed” from the UK since its introduction. (A number that would gladden the mind of Adolf Hitler). The number rises every year.
    Giving women “what they always wanted” has now posed unforeseen consequences for them, besides a guilt complex. As in Asian societies ( and possibly in mainstream British society) in the UK, we have preference for boys. The readiness of doctors to disclose the sex of embryos, leads to more females being aborted, moving to an imbalance in the usual human ration of 105:100. Infertility around the globe has now become a problem with consequences in various EU countries (e.g. Italy) and others. Govt meddling in reducing birth numbers has led to unforeseen problems in China, with its 40 million excess young male population. In Japan, few young females want marriage & babies too, and preference is for single living which is becoming more widespread in rich countries.
    Waste:The world’s food supply has the means to feed double the current population, but the excess is left to rot or harvested to be thrown in landfill and the seas ~ for economical reasons?
    A Russian scientific estimate on its massive land surface, reckoned it alone could feed 31 billion people.
    Its a broken world anyway, and nobody is going to fix it!


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