Is our next General Election a way for existing MPs to depart?


As these two images demonstrate, some of the highest profile right wing campaigners appear to want to refresh our Parliament completely. Given that until the 3rd of September the Tories had a minor majority this could argue for an increase in the party, but then the current Prime Minister who is calling for a General Election is the person who sought to reduce the size of his Parliamentary party by over 20 seats. Of course the previous General Election had reduced the majority and so the next General Election may well reduce the size of the Tory party still further although this seems unlikely. However in 2015 I voted for my current MP, and I voted again in 2017 for my current MP and I will vote in 2019 or 2020 for my current MP unless she decides to step down so this proposal feels rather concerning to me. This is particularly because such a consistent set of choices cannot change my local setting, and because my MP is a Green MP, it is not possible for a national election to change the setting in a meaningful way for her party. On the other hand my vote in 2016 on the Referendum took place when a huge number of issues had not been revealed and so an up to date referendum (a second one in four years and a third one in 45 years) seems much more of an urgent requirement than yet another General Election (a second one in three years and an eleventh one in 45 years).

Listening to Huw Merriman this morning he claims a General Election is vital because the Government cannot get policies voted through because they don’t have a majority. What Huw seems to have forgotten is when they were a Government from 2010 to 2015 they also did not have a majority, yet they made many changes in that time (many of which I do not appreciate). Of course Julia Hartley-Brewer is keen to get rid of all 650 MPs which perhaps explains why the media are so supportive of the idea of a General Election, but who do they wish to replace the existing 650 MPs with?

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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