Thursday, April 4, 2019

Parliament Risks Failing Out for Want of an Adequate Voting Procedure

Federal Trust blog
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

Only a single transferable vote can guarantee a timely result.

READ MORE AThttps://fedtrust.co.uk/parliament-risks-failing-out-for-want-of-an-adequate-voting-procedure/

Where Next with Parliament's Voting Procedures on Multiple Options?

Federal Trust blog
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies

In setting forth procedures for deciding its preference among the multiple Brexit options, Parliament has shown wisdom on one point, unwisdom on another. It is wise in allowing five calendar days for its members to converse and caucus among one another to refine their views and choices in-between the first and second day of voting. It was unwise in its method of voting on the first day, each option voted upon as if to vote it up or down rather than an order of preference indicated.

READ MORE AThttps://fedtrust.co.uk/where-next-with-parliaments-voting-procedures-on-the-multiple-options/

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The meaning of Theresa May's one legitimate Red Line

A Federal Trust blog
by Ira Straus
Chair, Center for War-Peace Studies


Of all Theresa May’s red lines, one and only one is legitimately termed “Red”: the one that prohibits any Brexit that divides the United Kingdom. It is Red as it is a vital national interest, indeed the foremost of all national interests. Anything that promotes the break-up of the country might, in ordinary conditions, be seen as treasonous, a term that should not be thrown around lightly, nor also ceded to the spinners of romantic fairy tales.

t is a red line that prohibits the wishes of the hard Brexiters. It is a red line that prohibits many of the other, alleged red lines. And it is a red line that prohibits a critical portion of Mrs May’s own policies.

READ MORE AThttps://fedtrust.co.uk/the-meaning-of-theresa-mays-one-legitimate-red-line/

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