Richard North, EUReferendum, comments on the Guardian article which informs us Nick Clegg is mounting a challenge to David Cameron over the timing of negations to repatriate powers. As an aside to this the Express is reporting that Ed Miliband is ruling out any referendum for the time being as he feels the issue was “not a priority” and that most people were more worried about living standards than a vote on our links with Brussels. Membership of the EU has no effect on living standards? FHS!
In his penultimate post leading up to the ‘Harrogate Meet’ Richard North also tackles the subject of ‘people power‘ where unwanted laws are concerned. Where the introduction of law is concerned, perhaps one idea is to delay ‘Assent’ for 28 days which would allow the people to organise a referendum before any possible ‘damage’ could be done – at present a Bill receives ‘Assent’ within days. Where I disagree slightly with Richard North is in his assertion that allowing the public to make law could be abused – methinks I shall have to ‘bend his ear some more’.
The Guardian carries a report on government plans for ‘swift justice’, commenting that it could resolve court cases within hours. If the Guardian – and the media in general – reported actual news then they would know that justice is already meted out within hours - Roger Hayes?
Anyway, understandably, posting today will not occur again until the evening as it is about a four-hour drive to Harrogate (with a stop on the way). No doubt a great deal of the journey time will be spent debating representative democracy with The Boiling Frog………