ToLi’s Fixed Term Parliament ConDem-ed
The Times publishes in full the ToLi’s Coalition Document. The paragraph on 5 year fixed term parliaments makes interesting if very disturbing reading. The paragraph in full states:
“The parties agree to the establishment of five year fixed-term parliaments. A Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government will put a binding motion before the House of Commons in the first days following this agreement stating that the next general election will be held on the first Thursday of May 2015. Following this motion, legislation will be brought forward to make provision for fixed term parliaments of five years. This legislation will also provide for dissolution if 55% or more of the House votes in favour.” [My emphasis]
Why should this require more than the simple majority which is needed for all other Parliamentary votes?
Why not 50% plus 1 = 326 votes
This additional hurdle means that 357 of the 650MPs might vote for a dissolution but the government - of whichever colour - would survive.
In the current situation every MP other than Tories, including Liberal Democrats, might vote for dissolution but the government would not fall. Only 293 votes are needed for a government to stay in power, 358 to remove it.
Surprise, surprise the Tories currently have 306 MPs!
Just when the public might get a slightly fairer electoral system the ToLi’s have shafted democracy with this disgusting proposal.
Of course, they’ll say that the 55% is needed to ensure stability of government in these difficult times. Bullshit!
This is the theft of democracy for narrow political gain!