Friday, 25 January 2019

I have no "Common Ground" with Rees-Mogg and never will.

Whether Mrs Windsor call for “common ground” and “never losing sight of the bigger picture” in a speech to mark the centenary of the Sandringham Women’s Institute (WI), which is likely to be interpreted as a veiled reference to the toxic debate around Brexit is a reflection of her views or her advisers is probably something we will never know.
But there may be concern in Buckingham Palace that Jacob Rees-Mogg has urging of Theresa May to suspend parliament if attempts to thwart a no-deal Brexit are successful could provoke a constitutional crisis which the elderly monarch will at the centre .
Mrs Windsor spoke of the virtues of “respecting” the other person’s point of view, as parliament remains deeply divided over the issue of Britain leaving the EU.
The  head of state constitutionally remains publicly politically neutral, reflected in her speech on a year of change, during which it was clear the qualities of the WI endure, she said.
She added:
 “The continued emphasis on patience, friendship, a strong community-focus and considering the needs of others are as important today as they were when the group was founded all those years ago.
“Of course, every generation faces fresh challenges and opportunities. As we look for new answers in the modern age, I for one prefer the tried and tested recipes, like speaking well of each other and respecting different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture. To me, t
hese approaches are timeless, and I commend them to everyone.”

Mr Rees- Mogg said that no deal could only be taken off the table if the government “connived in doing it”. He added: “If the House of Commons undermines our basic constitutional conventions then the executive is entitled to use other vestigial constitutional means to stop it.
“By which I basically mean prorogation ... And I think that would be the government’s answer, that is the government’s backstop, to use a choice phrase.”
Prorogation is the time between the end of a parliamentary session and the state opening that marks the beginning of the next session. Under these circumstances, any pending legislation would fall, including Ms Cooper’s bill.
Ms May refused to discuss suspending parliament when pressed on the issue by Brexiteer Sir Desmond Swayne last week. 
It is clear that there are elements in the Tory Party that will seek to ensure that they can further their right wing agenda after Brexit and will seek to undermine the democratic process in order to do so, by ensuring permanent Tory government  even if they see it by edict.
I have no common ground with these, or their allies in the British Media , and fear for the vary essence of democracy after Brexit under the Tories,let alone the growing numbers of racists and fascists on our streets.
If we are to have Brexit we must swiftly form a progressive alliance of the opposition parties , in which Labour must be prepared to join, to make sure that we strengthen our democratic structure .

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