The persistent and determined refusal of Gordon Brown to face all and any election to office is a hallmark of both the man and the Party of which he is Leader (a status itself achieved without the inconvenience of facing election). There has been a determined policy to avoid by-elections. There is a flagship Labour policy to remove from elected local authorities all powers that interfere with regime policies determined not by open and public debate but formulated according to privately set agendas and, in many aspects of social policy, the consultation by invitation of stake-holders and other interest groups carefully chosen for their advantage-seeking through conformity to regime objectives. During this regime there has been also the alteration from first past the post election to a democratically crippled form of proportional representation. Particularly, this has been so in elections impossible to avoid such as those for the European Union, and for those Labour thought it could allow safely as theirs was the inbuilt client advantage bought and paid for from tax-raised funds - the devolved governance of Scotland and London (even Wales is almost lost). So far, so familiar.
Voters are out of control: every chance they get, however remote from recovering some power from New Labour, is used to speak out for the end of Brownism. It used to be a function of the Head of State to warn and advise but, now that all activity in that office has been either circumvented or abandoned, the warning aspect has become an undertaking of the people. Nothing the matter with that, the People every time over any hereditary, failing office. So voters must be corralled into some power-deprived, guided activity that expresses aspiration rather than determines outcomes. Any means to do this can be adopted: threats, criminalisation, belittling, purchase, institutional skulduggery with the mechanisms of voting - New Labour are up for it.
The Parliament Acts, ostensibly protecting our exposure to any government and attempts to alter the length of parliamentary terms, have been as exposed to this regime's post-democratic interference as much as any part of what was once our Constitution. With the ruling by nine Law Lords that the 1949 Act is primary legislation and is capable of being used to modify the provisions of the 1911 Act, the two Acts together can be used to put almost any face on our constitutional beliefs and claims that the Executive must go to the country at least once every five years.
Our regime doesn't do elections, not even the teeniest weeniest of elections unless forced. We cannot enforce any general election ever, never mind by 2010, by any constitutional means. And the inertia of events is not on our side; things are going too badly wrong for the concession of a vote.
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