In January 2010 Bill Cash presented a Private Members Bill entitled: United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill, which due to the prorogation of Parliament as a result of the General Election being called consequently made no progress. As can be seen from the parliamentary website this Bill sought to confirm the sovereignty of the UK Parliament by prohibiting the Government from signing, ratifying or implementing a treaty or law which increased the powers of the European Union over the United Kingdom, unless it has first been approved in a UK referendum and iff enacted, the Bill would have overridden the requirements of the European Communities Act 1972, the rule of prerogative, the rule of international law, and any other Act of Parliament, unless the latter expressly stated to the contrary. According to the parliamentary website the requirement for the Queen to withhold Assent from a Bill without a referendum first having been won would seem to interfere with a constitutional personal prerogative of the Crown. Hansard records the proceedings at the time.
On 29th November Cash presented another Private Members Bill, this time entitled: United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty) Bill, the content of which can be read here. It would seem that with the current make-up of the incumbents on the green benches the chances of this latest Private Members Bill succeeding must be zilch.
Reverting to Cash’s speech in 2010 it is interesting to note his first words: The fundamental issue that lies at the heart of this debate is the democratic freedom of choice at the ballot box-the free choice of the voters of the United Kingdom to decide the laws under which they are to be governed……..“. It has to be pointed out that the electorate get no freedom of choice – we are presented with lists from each party informing us what each would allow us, coupled with the fact that we do not even get to choose who may stand to represent us as they are imposed by each parties HQ or chosen by an association. For Cash to also maintain that we get a free choice in the decision of what laws under which we are to be governed is not only disingenuous but laughable.
It is obvious that Cash, in common with other ‘Eurosceptic’ MPs, is no more interested in our democratic freedom – what he and they are interested in is regaining the unfettered power to rule us that they so foolishly ceded. He talks about ‘the safety valve of democracy‘ yet there is no safety valve because the people have been effectively neutered by the imposition of representative democracy; and it is the people that are actually sovereign, not Parliament.
It is about time that Cash – and the rest of the so-called parliamentarians – realised that we are not here to do their bidding but they are there to do our bidding.
A forlorn hope, I know – but one day, maybe not in my lifetime, direct democracy will be the norm. At which time I shall ask the Devil for a ‘day-release’ to come back and celebrate!