- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
- The Twentieth Century - Votes for women at last - 1900 to 1928
Monday, January 16, 2012
Major public appointments
When the political party in power also has a large majority in the House of Commons, the power of the Prime Minister is almost unlimited. Why should one person be able to exercise so much power? If Parliament fails to be the centre of democratic legitimacy its main function has been lost. Only parliamentarians themselves can re-assert this function. If they fail then the decline of parliament is inevitable. They could begin to reverse this decline by insisting that the heads of executive agencies and Quangos and many other public bodies should be confirmed in their jobs by parliamentary committees. Those confirmed should only continue to hold the positions subject to parliamentary approval.
This is done in many other countries including the United States of America.
Major public appointments should be confirmed in their jobs by parliamentary committees, and hold them subject to parliamentary approval.