Boris Johnson announces suspension of Parliament

May 2013
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N Oregon Coast
#84
You should hear what the Farmers are saying here. On top of that Trump is giving Oil Companies waivers on ethanol.

'A slap in the face': Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country
Yes, and he did that against the against the advice of Exxon-Mobile and a number of other natural gas giants. But it HAD to be rolled back, because you know ... OBAMA DONE IT!

Exxon Mobil opposes weakening Obama-era emissions rules: letter to EPA - Reuters

This has been quite a week MA - And there seems to be no end in sight. SOOO much WIN!! :party:
 
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Former Staff
Oct 2009
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Kansas
#86
Whatever... It's hardly worth arguing over. Theoretically, the Queen could reject their advice, although it's never happened.
She ultimately has the power to do so, and she should have in this instance. Her role is to uphold tradition. Parliament has not been prorogued for this length of time since 1945. It is completely and totally unheard of, a clear curtailing of British democracy by a PM who has never campaigned successfully as party leader and who presided as a senior minister over the disastrous (for his party) 2017 general election. When the PM misbehaves to this extent, it is the Queen's job to first advise against it and, if he insists, sack him and invite someone else to form a government ... or call new elections.

If she's unwilling to do any of that, given the stakes of everything at play, then the monarchy really is just an enormous waste.
 
Jun 2014
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United States
#87
She ultimately has the power to do so, and she should have in this instance. Her role is to uphold tradition. Parliament has not been prorogued for this length of time since 1945. It is completely and totally unheard of, a clear curtailing of British democracy by a PM who has never campaigned successfully as party leader and who presided as a senior minister over the disastrous (for his party) 2017 general election. When the PM misbehaves to this extent, it is the Queen's job to first advise against it and, if he insists, sack him and invite someone else to form a government ... or call new elections.

If she's unwilling to do any of that, given the stakes of everything at play, then the monarchy really is just an enormous waste.

Nah. The monarchy is still a huge tourist attraction.
 
Aug 2018
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Vancouver
#88
She ultimately has the power to do so, and she should have in this instance. Her role is to uphold tradition. Parliament has not been prorogued for this length of time since 1945. It is completely and totally unheard of, a clear curtailing of British democracy by a PM who has never campaigned successfully as party leader and who presided as a senior minister over the disastrous (for his party) 2017 general election. When the PM misbehaves to this extent, it is the Queen's job to first advise against it and, if he insists, sack him and invite someone else to form a government ... or call new elections.

If she's unwilling to do any of that, given the stakes of everything at play, then the monarchy really is just an enormous waste.
She's there to prevent genuine horrors.

I would guess the PC advised that it's legal, so leave Parliament alone to solve their own problems, not come running to nanny. And if they screw it up the voters can hold them accountable.

Looks like the opposition have forced an emergency debate now anyway.

Not many times in my life I've been curious to watch a British Parliamentary debate. Actually ...m this might be the first time.

Far more dramatic and interesting than our election here.
 
Nov 2007
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#90
The Court of Session in Edinburgh has ruled the prorogation of Parliament unlawful. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court next week, but opposition MPs are already arguing that the appropriate response of the Crown would be to immediately recall Parliament to session.