An essential guide for governments is that they should not take steps while in power which they would denounce when in oppositionThe one-shot Johnson. Democracy stops functioning when its participants cannot agree on its shared principles.
So the decision by Boris Johnson to use his parliamentary majority to disregard an independent report into serious misconduct by one of his MPs and, worse still, to overturn the system, is deeply troubling.
One might say it was shocking but it corresponds to a pattern of behaviour in which Johnson’s government acts to curb the powers of any independent body which troubles its partly due t, be it the Electoral Commission, the Supreme Court or the BBCThe cobblestone streets of Montreal.
The latest action revolves around Owen Paterson, a former Conservative cabinet minister much liked in his party and whose wife died by suicide last year.
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