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    Performative prorogation: what Johnson, Cummings and Co are trying to teach the public

Performative prorogation: what Johnson, Cummings and Co are trying to teach the public

By proroguing Parliament, the government may be trying to teach the public that liberal democracy is a charade and that playing dirty is how politics must go, writes Jonathan White. He explains how prorogation is a performance of ideas about authority and politics. 

What do political leaders hope to achieve by breaking with constitutional rules and conventions? Much of […]

Boris Johnson: The Brezhnev Years

Following the government’s decision to prorogue Parliament, as well as its increasing pursuit of a no-deal Brexit, Abby Innes writes that Johnson’s Cabinet is only the most extreme version of successive neoliberal UK cabinets unable or unwilling to believe the evidence of their own eyes: that neoliberalism does not work. She explains how contemporary neoliberal states share many of the pathologies […]

Why do we need food banks?

The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy with low levels of unemployment, yet the use of food banks has reached a record high. 1.6 million emergency parcels were given out in 2018 by Britain’s largest food bank network, the Trussell Trust, making it the busiest year in the charity’s history. Many believe the growth in demand for food […]

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    The Brexit Prorogation: an unsustainable constitutional confrontation

The Brexit Prorogation: an unsustainable constitutional confrontation

Jack Simson Caird explains the strategic logic of the decision to prorogue Parliament. He writes that the government seems to be seeking confrontation with Parliament not just over Brexit, but over different visions of the constitution and democracy. So, unlike May’s Government, Johnson’s is willing to deploy all the means at its disposal in order to realise its visions.

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    After the prorogation coup, what’s left of the British constitution?

After the prorogation coup, what’s left of the British constitution?

The contemptuous ease with which the Johnson-Cummings regime has attempted to cripple parliamentary consideration of alternatives to a no-deal Brexit by proroguing Parliament raises further serious issues about the remaining value of the UK’s ‘unfixed constitution’. This controversy comes after a prolonged period in which the executive under May used every micro-institutional weapon to blackmail MPs into accepting its […]

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    Labour and prorogation: bringing down the government may be the only option – but does not involve Corbyn becoming PM

Labour and prorogation: bringing down the government may be the only option – but does not involve Corbyn becoming PM

In light of recent events, the only way Labour could stop Brexit would be through bringing down the government. Eric Shaw explains the circumstances under which this strategy could succeed, and why it does not involve Corbyn becoming Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister’s prorogation of parliament has been a much trailed but none the less an astonishing and highly controversial […]

Threat of prorogation: what can the Commons do?

The Prime Minister has requested and received consent for the current parliament to be prorogued, and plans to introduce a new Queen’s Speech before the Brexit deadline of 31 October. David Howarth assesses the options available for those wishing to oppose this and enable the Commons to prevent a no deal Brexit.

Boris Johnson’s plan to advise the Queen to […]

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    Why building 300,000 houses per year won’t solve the housing crisis – and what will

Why building 300,000 houses per year won’t solve the housing crisis – and what will

Ian Mulheirn explains why the current policy focus on boosting housing supply does not offer a solution to the housing crisis. Instead, raising the home ownership rate will require further fiscal intervention.

Average house prices in the UK have risen by over 160% in real terms since their low point in the middle of 1996. Home ownership remains around its […]