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  1. Pub quiz question: the resignation of Ms Loathsome raised the average IQ of the Cabinet by a) 3 points b ) 5 points c) no change
  2. Those three things happened, but it feels more like treading water than anything significant happening. In fact, reports of the reaction to May's "bold offer" make it sound like things are going backwards, with her losing supporters who were becoming reconciled to her way forward. Perhaps the reaction to Thursday's election will shake things up a bit, but we still seem to be in deadlock, to me.
  3. Oh, Madonna. Singers holding hands in an entirely false gesture of harmony, while soldiers off camera shoot limbs off unarmed civilians using banned armaments, which curiously goes unreported, unremarked. Bibi meets Benjamins, with the seal of approval of the meeja. Sick.
  4. Good piece by Richard Seymour, here. I expect remainers won't like it. Leavers will probably have some complaint as well.
  5. This is the tour you are looking for. Declaration of interest: a relative is involved. But the TripAdvisor reviews are great, and I didn't write them.
  6. Well done to your little 'un. I've seen various comments on twitter from apparently intelligent, supposedly "woke" people who seem not to know why they are asked to boycott the eurovision farce. It's fair to say there's also a lot of Palestinian comment that entering the event, taking the money, and waving a flag, is a poor token gesture.
  7. The Cabinet Manual has a section which was written for a situation where following an election there isn't a majority. This is a little different, being an existing situation of no settled majority, where the replacement of a leader has introduced a new dynamic and potentially destabilised the situation further, perhaps for example bringing the DUP arrangement to an end, or by causing a split in the tory party. What it doesn't cover is what would happen if the outgoing PM advises the Queen to invite the new tory leader to form a government, but it then turns out that this person can't command a majority. The outgoing PM may have resigned but the new one not yet been appointed. Possibly the Cabinet Secretary would be taking soundings and then advising who if anyone should then be asked to try to cobble together a majority. As there's not a clear process covering all possibilities, there would be some improvisation, and people would be very wary of that, especially about drawing Queenie into contentious party political issues.
  8. At least he didn't punch his assailant, like "Tommy Robinson". He turned the udder cheek.
  9. Technically, the parties choose their leader (or co-leaders, for the Greens, which brings a separate constitutional issue, if both were MPs and the party could form a majority) in whatever way their rules at the time require, and the monarch invites to form an administration the person she considers most likely to command a majority in the HoC. When there is a clear majority, or when there is known to be a coalition being formed which would have a majority, it's obvious who should be asked. Also, the outgoing PM advises the monarch on who to invite to form a government, and she is expected to follow this advice. The party doesn't choose the PM, though their choice is very likely to become PM by virtue of having been chosen. In a situation where the choice of the party as leader doesn't command the support of MPs and they don't vote for her/him, then the party's choice does not become PM. Normally such a situation would never arise, because it would create a big crisis for the party, but it's possible, especially if they are already in crisis. Might it happen if someone like Johnson or McVey became leader and the party split? Unlikely, but not impossible. If the person the monarch invites to form a government can't assemble a majority, then she will need to ask someone else to have a go. Constitutional purists hate that, because it creates a risk of Queenie being seen to exert influence over who is PM, rather than simply playing a symbolic role in an automatic process. The claim the former clerk seems to be making, that the choice of conservative party members as leader automatically becomes PM, is incorrect. MPs can and will select the PM, by virtue of forming a majority for someone by the acting of voting for them, and voting down anyone they won't support as PM. That someone is most likely to be the person chosen as leader by tory members, but it's not as inevitable as presented. In Scotland, MSPs vote on who to nominate to the Queen to invite to form a government. This is a step closer than the rUK to the parliament choosing the PM, but it still falls short of elected members electing the PM.
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