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dc.contributor.authorMorrison, James
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-01T14:17:56Z
dc.date.available2017-06-01T14:17:56Z
dc.date.issued2017-05-31
dc.identifier.citationMORRISON, J. 2017. Fixed Term Parliaments Act. [online]. 31 May 2017. Available from: https://blog.oup.com/2017/05/fixed-term-parliaments-act/en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10059/2342
dc.descriptionBlog post on OUPblog.en
dc.description.abstractWas there ever a more hollow and impotent piece of legislation than the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act? Trumpeted by the Conservative-led coalition as a way of stopping opportunist prime ministers ever again calling snap elections to capitalize on hefty poll leads - by complicating simple confidence votes in ways that prompted Labour to condemn it as a constitutional "stitch-up" - within six short years of receiving Royal Assent it has proved itself wholly incapable of doing any such thing. When it suited David Cameron to build a protective cordon around his unholy alliance with the Liberal Democrats, the Act was a useful confection: a road-block solid enough to stop either partner provoking an early return to the polls, by swerving out of the ministerial motorcade in a petulant huff. But the fact it could be so casually swept aside as soon as the Tories' stars were back in the ascendancy - like a trifling traffic cone in the residents' parking bay otherwise reserved for them outside Number 10 Downing Street - shows it wasn't worth the statute-book it was written on. We should repeal this zombie law at the earliest opportunity.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherOUPen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesOUPblogen
dc.rightsNONE - PUBLISHERen
dc.subjectFixed-term Parliaments Act 2011en
dc.subjectUK governmenten
dc.subjectUK Parliamenten
dc.titleFixed Term Parliaments Act.en
dc.typeOtheren


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