Dicey misquote

Have you come across this quote or this meme?

The House can in accordance with the constitution be deprived of power [when] there is fair reason to suppose that the opinion of the House is not the opinion of the electors.

It’s a blatant and deliberately misleading misquote. It’s from Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, A. C. Dicey, and if you search the text for “deprived of power” you will find the original of the quotation in Chapter XIV:

But the reason why the House can in accordance with the constitution be deprived of power and of existence is that an occasion has arisen on which there is fair reason to suppose that the opinion of the House is not the opinion of the electors. A dissolution is in its essence an appeal from the legal to the political sovereign. A dissolution is allowable, or necessary, whenever the wishes of the legislature are, or may fairly be presumed to be, different from the wishes of the nation.

So this passage is specifically about the DISSOLUTION of Parliament. The omission of the words “and of existence” from the quote make it sound like a circumstance may arise when it is acceptable to strip Parliament of its power, ie prorogue it. But in fact this section relates to when it is acceptable to dissolve Parliament, and return to the nation for a general election.

When people are deliberately misquoting books to support their point, you know that they know they’re in the wrong!

Don’t understand or care what’s going on in politics right now? Read this.

You need to read this. Even if you think you don’t understand politics or you hate all politicians – if you care about our welfare state or our NHS you need to pay attention, just for five minutes.

This isn’t about Brexit. Boris Johnson doesn’t actually care whether we’re in or out of the EU – rich people like him are OK either way. From the beginning he has used Brexit to further his own career, not because he believes in it, and that’s what he’s still doing now. Brexit is a red herring. Whether you’re a Leaver, a Remainer, or don’t have an opinion and wish the whole thing would go away, you should still be worried about what’s happening right now.

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It’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every parliamentary democracy, and it is a big deal

I’m hearing people say “he’s only proroguing for a few days, it’s not a big deal”. No, it is a big deal, and this is why.

Johnson is not just “slightly extending the recess for conference”, as I have heard many of his supporters disingenuously say.

First, it was likely that Parliament would have voted not to go to conference at this important time. Now they will lose the option to do that, and five weeks will be lost.

But more importantly, proroguing is the end of the parliamentary session; it is not a recess. All bills in progress will be cut off. Parliamentary business cannot simply pick up when Parliament reconvenes, unlike when the MPs break for conference. Even if Johnson only prorogued for one day, it would put a spanner in the works.

Continue reading It’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every parliamentary democracy, and it is a big deal

No, none of the List of Lies is laid down in the Lisbon Treaty

There’s a new and fun cut-and-paste list going round! This one recites some fundamental untruths about how the EU works, and if I were being kind I would say perhaps it stems from misunderstanding. However since the list veers so completely into ranting fantasy towards the end (number 18 is my personal favourite), it’s clear that the whole thing is a List of Lies designed to scare people into voting Leave again, should there be a second referendum.

By the way, putting “as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty” in a sentence doesn’t make it true. It does make the lie more obvious though. Continue reading No, none of the List of Lies is laid down in the Lisbon Treaty

Brexit means UK jobs moving to Germany

downloadLast week it was announced that Rolls Royce, Derby’s largest private sector employer, is moving some jobs to Germany. The Derbyshire Telegraph reports that:

Engines designed and built by the firm, which has its civil aerospace division in Sinfin, have to be signed off by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). There is uncertainty as to how this aircraft safety and design approval process would work when the UK leaves the European Union… The firm’s design approval work is therefore being moved to Dahlewitz, close to Berlin in Germany.

This is the reality of a harmonised Europe. Ardent Leavers will tell you that there is an ever increasing infliction of red tape, but actually having a single set of laws allows businesses to easily meet standards and operate across borders. Continue reading Brexit means UK jobs moving to Germany

Quiet but still here

cropped-image-1.jpeg If you’re one of the thousands of visitors who’ve come here to read my post about EU grants, you may be looking around and thinking it’s a bit quiet in here. Well, yes it is. I have been badly disillusioned since the referendum and haven’t posted anything new.

However, I have kept an eye on existing posts, and if I thought there was anything that needed updating or had become untrue I would have changed it. Nothing has changed. My opinion has not changed. We should not leave the EU. Even the Treasury admits that we will all be poorer under any version of Brexit.

We now have the glimmering of a way out – a people’s vote, maybe? a last minute revocation of Article 50 to avoid a no-deal disaster? a total implosion of UK politics? Who knows? I’m pretty sure Theresa May doesn’t. But I may get posting again…

We will not give up the fight for the EU

LETITGOI have thought hard about the future of this website. Should I, as many people are saying, suck it up, move on, let it go? No, I will not let it go. And here’s the reason why.

We had a vote on a Big Thing that, if it happens, will alter the UK forever and in very important ways. Just over half of the voters wanted the Big Thing. Just under half of the voters didn’t want the Big Thing. In what sort of democratic, fair society does that mean that the Big Thing should happen in its entirety? How is that right?
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No, the EU does not fund companies to move jobs out of the UK

UPDATE 16 December 2018
I never expected this post to be so popular, but clearly there is a need to continually refute cut-and-paste lists of nonsense. I’ve recently discovered that the list in question has made a reappearance, and I’m going to update this post if necessary. If you have some information that I could add to the list, or something nice to say, please put in the comments. However I will not approve any other comments, this is not a discussion forum.

A handy refutation to that cut-and-paste list that is doing the rounds. I’ve given sources where I can, but for some of these it’s just such a blatant lie that there’s no source possible. If you can provide any more information than I have here, please comment!

Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.

Cadbury was bought by Kraft, which is American. Kraft shafted Cadbury. The EU had nothing to do with it.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cadbury-closes-british-factory-to-move-101746
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I love the EU because it is democratic

Hang on, the EU is undemocratic, isn’t it? I’ve read that so often and in so many places that it must be true.

Well, let’s look at the facts. There’s the European Parliament, comprised of 751 MEPs. They vote on whether to approve new legislation or not. We have 73 of those MEPs, proportional to our size. So we have representatives that we vote for (and by proportional representation, not by our antiquated first-past-the-post system). That’s democratic.
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I love the EU because… so does everyone else…?

I know a lot of you are hurting. It’s killing you inside, agreeing with David Cameron. Gosh, you’re even having to agree with George Osborne. How can you possibly be siding with those lying twatbadgers who are systematically oppressing our poor and stripping our assets?

I know. I hate it too.
Continue reading I love the EU because… so does everyone else…?