Op-ed; Would you agree that British politics is a dirty and deceitful business where money and outside forces have too much power?
The electorate of the UK is already disenfranchised with British politics which could result in a poor turn-out at the May 2015 General Election. I would argue that instead the electorate should hot-foot it to the polls to make sure the least sleazy, corrupt and self-serving party is elected to run the UK.
But putting all of that aside news Thursday that a secret Tory plot was hatched to oust the Speaker of the Commons John Bercow from his role indicates politicians have sunk to a new low.
BBC News reports Thursday;
As William Hague is stepping down from politics at the May election his reasons for hatching the plot are debatable and questionable.
Attempting to change the rules for electing the Speaker of the House of Commons indicates the Tories are not that confident that they will be victorious in the May election and are trying to make changes while still in office.
John Bercow replaced Michael Martin
In 2009 Speaker of the Commons Michael Martin, Labour, became a casualty of the expenses scandal which sent politicians and Parliament into a spin, in England. Initially he tried to just carry on regardless but in no time at all it was obvious that he would have to go and he informed the World that he was resigning his post; this resignation alone put him into the History Books of British Politics. June 17, 2009, he delivered his final words, chairing his last Prime Minister's question time and of course members of the House sung his praises but, considering that in many ways they hit the final nail into the Speaker coffin, it was all a bit pathetic.
Politics is a little different the world over. Even those countries that have democratically elected politicians tend to go about their business in very different ways. From the way that politicians are selected and elected to the way that Parliament, Government or Senates are run on a daily basis there are huge differences.
England of course has many oddities in its electoral system. Some would say that this is because we have had elected officials forming governments much longer than many other countries but is it because we hang onto traditional aspects of everything and that is just what we have done with Parliament?
The Houses of Parliament are situated along the Thames Embankment in the Heart of London. This is in the London City or borough of Westminster. Here is where the two separate political Houses operate.
House of Lords / The Lords
The House of Lords is full of outdated pomp and ceremony. Although this House is not elected by the people it has more power than many realise. The politicians here are able to scupper Bills from the House of Commons and either prevent or slow down legislation. They can also force amendments to be made to proposed Laws and the like.
At one time there were more hereditary Peers; Peers are the men and women who have been made Lords and Ladies and now sit in this House. Some Peers attend the House of Lords faithfully while others just reap the rewards with the minimum input and attendance.
Legislation by the Labour Party to reduce the power of The House of Lords and limit the amount of hereditary peers was scuppered, pretty much by The Lords. By the time the Bill was passed it was a poor imitation of its original draft.
During David Cameron's coalition government the number sitting in the Lords has increased significantly.
The House of Commons / The Commons
Parliament in England changed during the days of Oliver Cromwell. Commons literally refers to those politicians who sit in, The Commons, as common people, due to the fact that they are 'ordinary folk' rather than members of the aristocracy.
The politicians in the House of Commons are all democratically elected and individually are called Members of Parliament. There is the leader of the House of Commons, William Hague at this time, and there is an opposition made up of a couple of other political parties and then there is a SPEAKER. This Speaker is referred to as Mr Speaker or Madam Speaker if the role is filled by a woman. The previous speaker was just that; Betty Boothroyd was the first, and still to date the only, female Speaker of the House of Commons.
What is 'the Speaker'?
On the whole it is fair to say that the Speaker of the House of Commons is a type of referee. He or she attempts to keep order in the House of Commons and tries to stop the name calling, obscene language, time wasting and general bad behaviour.
When some sessions of parliament were first televised, a few years ago, it was an eye opener. Considering that these men and women are the most powerful in the UK it was frightening. Shouting across parliament to members of the opposition they at best seemed like children and at worst seemed like simpletons.
So, as you can see The Speaker's role is both important and difficult.
The Speaker needs to ensure that everyone gets a fair crack of the whip, as far as input goes, and that they also abide by the rules of the House.
At one time the Speaker was an ex leader of the government but that all changed in 1983.
So why the secret plot to oust Bercow and change the rules and why now?
Whatever the reason the plot failed although it was expected to succeed as various MPs had already left parliament for the break to hit the election campaign trail.
So William Hague finishes his parliamentary career with a dirty unsuccessful plot on his copybook.
A Tory back bench rebellion almost brought Bercow to tears and scuppered Hague's plot.