The British parliament is God’s gift to dictatorship

By Simon Jenkins in The Guardian

Last night’s vote against an inquiry into the Iraq war underlines parliament’s surrender of its democratic function

The British parliament is God’s gift to dictatorship. If I were an absolute ruler I would get one immediately. Last night Britons were offered the spectacle of their MPs pleading with the government to be allowed an inquiry into the Iraq war. For all the vigour of the debate, they were still humiliated by the government’s supporters. While British soldiers ram democracy down others’ throats at the point of a gun, their representatives seem incapable of performing democracy’s simplest ritual, challenging the executive.

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