Tuesday 17 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'British parliament must take on Johnson with sovereignty'

British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
British prime minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend – or to prorogue parliament – is an attack on UK democracy, however he is fully within his rights to do this and MPs cannot vote to stop him from proroguing parliament.

Parliamentary sovereignty is the most important part of the United Kingdom’s constitution.

Parliament has the option to put down a motion of no confidence in order to seek to remove him.

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In Britain, parliament is the supreme legal authority and it is about time that it asserted itself against serious assaults on its democracy.

A crash-out WTO Brexit is not what people voted for when they voted to leave the EU in 2016.

All MPs must realise that it is parliament that is sovereign, not the prime minister and that has been the status quo since 1264 when Simon de Montfort united the Barons against being overruled and unjustly treated by King Henry III.

Parliament must fight the prime minister more effectively in order to beat the prime minister.

Kieran O Regan

Dublin 9

Tories’ fear of losing power is driving them toward fascism

Boris Johnson’s act of proroguing the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ should be a dire warning of the dangerous cabinet which, according to media reports, he is heading or is second in command to Dominic Cummings.

The British Tories’ fear of losing power is what is driving them to acts of desperation such as this.

The Tories are playing with fire, and it takes a very astute person, or persons, to prevent civil unrest breaking out: astuteness – or, to use the Irish phrase, ‘cute hoorism’ – is totally absent in the Tory party.

Their sole concerns are the concerns of their wealthy friends, and how to reduce their obligations to society.

What we will witness from here on will be full-blown Thatcherism, using her tacit motto: “If you are ill, old, or, unemployed, please die: we don’t need you, or want you.”

The alternative name is fascism, which appears to be seeping into the body politic of some nations today.

No Tory party voter, let alone member, has any concern for any other nation.

As for any who imagine the UK ‘has’ the Commonwealth to trade with on November 1 – as part of the UK’s 1973 accession to the then EEC, it had to cease all trade deals with its former colonies, hence all future trade deals will be under WTO rules. These trade deals take years.

Irish monks brought Christianity back to Europe after the Dark Ages. Is it not high time Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil buried the hatchet to protect the people of Ireland from the dangerous fall-out of a no-deal Brexit?

Perhaps the thinking needs to be “United Irelanders”, rather than a “United Island” at this point in time.

Declan Foley

Berwick, Australia

No bigger crisis to deal with than beef industry’s despair

As the crisis in the beef industry spirals, it strikes me that a white paper on the future of our country’s food producers as sole traders, or in partnership with other farmers (“family farms”), might be more pressing than one on re-unification.

This week’s events make it abundantly clear that the growing corporatisation of our agriculture sector is a development with seismic implications for our rural communities.

Many of those protesting outside processing plants have stated that they just want to have something worthwhile to pass on to the next generation. In this regard, the very least our Government can do is to facilitate an informed, realistic and urgent debate on the future of the family farm rather than just preside, ambivalently, over its death by a thousand cuts.   

PJ O’Meara

Cahir, Co Tipperary

Queen finds herself between  a rock and a hard place

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth was put in an invidious position by Boris Johnson in his request to suspend the British parliament.

Damned if she did, damned if she didn’t!

Brexit has been and continues to be so divisive across the UK .

Those with an agenda will seek to lay the blame at the queen’s doors if things go belly up.

Coupled with the trouble Prince Andrew has brought to her door, it could well be the beginning of the end of the British monarchy.

Killian Brennan

Clare Village, Dublin 17

Perhaps Mrs May said it best

I now believe that Brexit means Brexit.

Dr John Doherty

Gaoth Dobhair, Co Dhún na nGall

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