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The Flames Of Albion Contained…For The Moment

11 July 2012 @ 14:40

Those who favor increasing the amount of Mob Rule [ie: Democracy] have suffered a defeat in Britain…

From The London Daily Mail, James Chapman reporting, we learn:

Rebel Tory MPs all but wrecked Nick Clegg’s dream of reforming the House of Lords last night.

Unable to command the support of his party, David Cameron told the Deputy Prime Minister that a crunch Commons vote had to be abandoned.

The Prime Minister informed Mr Clegg that he would try to rally Conservative troops for another vote in the autumn.

But, with 100 MPs prepared to rebel, the Government’s proposals to replace the Lords with a mainly elected second chamber are hanging by a thread. The debacle leaves the Coalition facing unprecedented turbulence. Senior Lib Dems are vowing to wreak revenge by refusing to support changes to constituency boundaries that would reduce a bias against the Conservatives.

A spokesman for Mr Clegg warned that the constitutional reforms were not a ‘pick and mix where people can choose which bits they like’. The Tory uprising also shows Mr Cameron’s problems in persuading his MPs to back Coalition policies.

Last night’s vote was shaping up to be the biggest rebellion in the history of the Conservative Party and jubilant MPs hailed the climbdown as the moment their party finally showed the Lib Dems they are merely junior partners.

Under the Government’s proposals, the hereditary and appointed House of Lords would be gradually replaced with a mainly elected chamber.

Members would be slimmed down from more than 800 to 450. They would be elected in three tranches over 15 years, starting in 2015, using a system of proportional representation that favours the Lib Dems.

Members of the new upper house would serve single 15-year terms. By 2025, 80 per cent would be elected and 20 per cent appointed by a non-partisan commission.

This was an attempt to wipe away centuries of tradition [part of which had already been severely damaged by Blair and Brown] and disrupt the checks and balances of the British Government. The House Of Lords, though much weakened, still serves as a valuable check on the designs and whims of the more Democratic House Of Commons.While their power has sadly been reduced in recent years, they still have been able to act as a brake from time to time on the lower house’s most egregious actions.

From Nick Wood’s analysis in the same paper:

Insofar as David Cameron has a political strategy, it consists largely of confronting his own party.

Forget about Labour, let alone the Lib Dems, the hobgoblins in Dave’s shiny new world are the Tory diehards, the knuckle-draggers who prefer the old tunes of the 80s to the PM’s modernising beat.

Earlier today, that strategy modelled on the Blair playbook of constantly running against your own side, was dealt a terrible blow.

Dave accepted the inevitable – that this time he had to bow the knee to his own backbenchers.

Soldier on with his plan to appease Nick Clegg, and the PM was facing certain defeat with at least 70 Tories prepared to ally with Labour.

So the guillotine motion imposing a timetable on the orphan child of Lords reform was dropped. Tonight, around 85 Tories mounted the biggest rebellion yet against their leader by voting against the principle of the Bill at second reading.

But let’s not worry about the "principle" of this squalid measure, the retreat over the guillotine means that to all intents and purposes the Bill is dead.

Ministers may witter about advancing a new guillotine motion in September.

Tory backbenchers, long patronised, ignored and sidelined by the PM’s gilded inner circle, have tasted blood.

We will not see again Clegg’s grandiose plan to grab a permanent slice of power by entrenching his tinpot party in the Lords through the machinations of proportional representation and 15-year terms for highly-paid so-called senators.

In the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and our greatest ever royal river pageant, the rare spectacle of a Brit gracing the Centre Court, and the London Olympics, Albion has reasserted herself.

The Cool Britannia mob, epitomised by Clegg’s dreary obsession with modernity, has taken a smack in the chops.

Let’s hope Mr. Wood is correct and the whole disaster that is ‘modernity’ will now quitely fade into the oblivion it so rich deserves, although I must admit that I’d like to see it flogged a few dozen times for the damage it has done to the British and especially the English Cultures.

Electing The House Of Lords? The House Of Lords?!?!

Defeats the purpose, don’t ya think?

This democratizing instinct leads to nothing but tyranny and dysfunction.

Bravo and a hearty ‘Huzzah’ to those Tory members who voted against this measure that will destroy centuires of tradition and turn The Lords into nothing but a U.S. Senate with garters. You are the small Remnant the is holding the line against those who are seeking to destroy British Culture and create a vacuum that the Mohammedins will be more than willing to fill.

David Cameron is a disgrace — but you knew that already, didn’t you.

Mr. Wood writes in his conclusion:

Some people still believe there is a Conservative lurking beneath Dave’s glossy all-weather coat. Now would be a good time to call Clegg’s bluff and set loose this inner self.

I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, the Right Honorable Gentleman from Witney remains The First Among Equal Squishes.

[Tip of the fedora to Wombat-Socho for alerting me to this story.]

  1. 11 July 2012 @ 15:07 15:07

    Aye, the ruling class seems to be pissing in the wind in most every western country. Slow learners they are. It is best to beat Clegg’s trolop and leave the democratic wench in the gutter from whence she rose.

  2. thereaganiterepublican permalink
    11 July 2012 @ 22:12 22:12

    That Nick Clegg is a real goofball, that’s all I know- can’t stand him

    I’m a UKIP/Nigel Farage man m’self!

  3. 12 July 2012 @ 07:46 07:46

    So, in other words, they wanted to do to the their parliament what we did to our Senate? We all know how that worked out.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      12 July 2012 @ 09:19 09:19


  4. M. Thompson permalink
    12 July 2012 @ 22:40 22:40

    The largest group of MP’s could bring down the government, and that would not be a bad thing.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      13 July 2012 @ 07:29 07:29


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