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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2022, 03:31:12 PM »
A Governor-General may sometimes dissolve parliament though. Such as when Australia went tits up in 1975.
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2022, 03:33:02 PM »
It would be helpful, but he does not have the consitutional power to do so.  The king or queen in the UK has incredibly limited power in this regard.  They can only accept the resignation of a prime minister and invite the new prime minister elect to form a government. 
Was that changed at some point?  I was under the impression that the only power the monarch has now (outside of Royal Assent) is the dissolution of government?  Or I am just completely wrong about how the parliamentary system works lol

A Governor-General may sometimes dissolve parliament though. Such as when Australia went tits up in 1975.
Maybe that's where I am getting the idea from, as the Governor-General is the monarch's representative in that common-wealth nation.
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2022, 09:01:21 PM »
Was that changed at some point?  I was under the impression that the only power the monarch has now (outside of Royal Assent) is the dissolution of government?  Or I am just completely wrong about how the parliamentary system works lol

Back in centuries gone by the monarch had more powers relative to parliament and government, but without looking it up I don't know whether they had that power.  Certainly the system for many decades has been that the monarch can only accept the prime minister's resignation or the prime minister's request to dissolve parliament and call a general election.  The monarch themselves cannot dissolve the legislature or remove the government
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2022, 06:33:14 AM »
What happens next? Another internal Tory election I assume?

Yes.  They have set the bar higher this time though by modifying the rules: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62068930

Thanks. Good to see they're hurrying the process along at least. Hopefully the requirement of 100 MP backers will keep Johnson out of the final round. I have a feeling Conservative party members might be stupid enough to actually re-elect him.

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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2022, 03:51:07 PM »
There are allegedly already over fifty MPs who are backing Johnson.  This is just unbelievable, yet, at the same time, totally apt for the current Conservative Party.  The fact that they are even considering it shows the extent to which they have no respect for the institutions, the electorate, the law, or indeed any form of decency.  Until there is an election to vote this awful lot out, democracy will not function correctly in this country.
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2022, 04:15:04 PM »
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #26 on: October 24, 2022, 06:08:05 PM »
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2022, 08:46:42 AM »
The farce of Johnson's return was complete when he withdrew, even though, according to him, he had enough supporters.  This is just yet more lying.  He would have run had he had the support.  He didn't have the numbers and this is why he withdrew.  What an absolute charlatan.

Meanwhile, the latest prime minister, Rishie Sunak, has already distinguished himself by announcing that he won't be attending the next COP summit.  This sends out all the wrong messages and, yet again, shows the Conservative Party to be completely disinterested in crucial issues that determine the future health, wellbeing, and indeed survival of the planet.  Therese Coffey (an anti-abortion Conservative, who was briefly made Secretary of State for Health by Truss, yes I am not making this stuff up) has given a ludicrous defence for Sunak not going by describing the COP as a gathering: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-63426674 .  I despair, yet again.
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Re: The End of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2022, 02:00:10 AM »
Meanwhile, the latest prime minister, Rishie Sunak, has already distinguished himself by announcing that he won't be attending the next COP summit.  This sends out all the wrong messages and, yet again, shows the Conservative Party to be completely disinterested in crucial issues that determine the future health, wellbeing, and indeed survival of the planet.  Therese Coffey (an anti-abortion Conservative, who was briefly made Secretary of State for Health by Truss, yes I am not making this stuff up) has given a ludicrous defence for Sunak not going by describing the COP as a gathering: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-63426674 .  I despair, yet again.

That's very disappointing. Isn't it funny that 'Conservative' and 'conservation' are etymologically related but in practice have very little to do with eachother? Meanwhile, my own country the Netherlands still hasn't made good on its COP26 promise to end new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector by the end of 2022. The promise had huge carve-outs from the get-go of course, but still they haven't delivered on it. I can see why some climate activists have taken to gluing themselves to famous paintings.



 


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