What is the statutary quorum required for the House of Commons to pass a Bill? Answer: 12.
What is the statutary quorum required for the House of Lords to endorse a Bill?
Fifteen people can alter your life and mine irrevocably, plus the lives of every man woman and child in the United Kingdom if Westminster’s MPs so desire, and they can do it on an overnight sitting without warning.
Let no one try to convince you that is good, healthy democracy at work. It sucks.
Those fifteen – three unelected – can remove any, or all, of Scotland’s devolutionary powers, and indeed, can and have warned they will take all sorts of retribution if Scotland fails to win its plebiscite for genuine democracy.
In a desperate bid to stymie real rights and real justice for Scotland, London’s politicians and their lickspittle assistants offer promises of this or that, but so far all promissory notes come with conditions, some draconian, some sly, others nothing but hot air.
Always read the small print.
A No vote will be translated as a mandate to take full control of all Scotland’s governance for a generation to come, at the very least. The warnings are all there: a massive reduction in the Barnett formula; the continued retention and squandering of profits from North Sea Oil and gas; Trident stays in Scotland; reduction in the number of Scottish MPs in Westminster; increased taxes, bedroom Tax made UK universal; degredation of welfare services; extensive privatisation of Scotland’s health service; control over Scotland’s energy industry – already underway by Lords vote; the spread of food banks; involuntary involvement in illegal wars; and almost certainly a Bill to reduce the chances even further of a referendum on self-determination ever being possible again.
The final boot to the testicles is the one concocted by a committee in the House of Lords legitimised in a Report on Scottish independence. “In the event of a Yes vote this House retains the right to delay independence if it is not in the interest of the United Kingdom.”
Delay? Delay democracy? Legitimately? In whose name? For how long?
Fifteen people rule the UK, the rest might as well stay home, benches empty.
Who calls that ignoble process democracy at its most refined?
That’s easy to answer:
People who wish to keep control of Scotland and Scotland docile.