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Those who seek to reform our democracy should learn from one particular example

Locking down election dates has left us in a fix. The lesson? Think before you reform

By Tom Clark   October 2019

A person wearing a Boris Johnson 'head' digs a mock grave outside Downing Street. Photo: PA

Boris Johnson’s shocking move to suspend parliament at a time when, putting it mildly, MPs have pressing matters to discuss, affirms afresh the urgency of modernising Britain’s creaking democracy. Capricious rulers can play all sorts of games unchecked and unbalanced, and the case for reining them in by rationalising the half-forgotten precedents and far-flung bits of vellum in which our constitution consists seems unarguable.

But those who—like Prospect—believe in reform must be clear-eyed…

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