by craig on May 15, 2009 1:40 pm in Sleaze
Gordon Brown will not leave Downing St until the last permitted date, which is June 2010, and then will leave his fingernails in the carpet. It is no good petitioning him to resign.
It is becoming plain that all the political parties are clinging on to the speeding gravy train together and have reached a mutual agreement not to call for any of their number to resign as an MP, even if they give up the odd apointment.
This parliament has to go. We have to work with the unwritten constitution we have. The only person who can dissolve a parliament is the Queen.
The UK constitution constantly evolves. There is no recent precedent for the current total loss of public confidence in parliament. The constitution now needs to evolve to cope with the age of new media. Such a request if strongly supported would become an important political fact in itself.
This is not about whether or not you are a monarchist. (I am not). This is about channeling the unfocused public anger with Parliament into action.
(The language of the petition is respectful towards the Queen but not traditional. There is no language which would suit all shades of opinion on the monarchy. I know the Queen personally, enough to know she is not going to be insulted).