test-party politics destroys freedom

Published in The Light newspaper, 35 (July), 2023, p. 5

Party politics destroys freedom

John Cruttwell

No matter which side you vote for, tyranny always gets in

PARLIAMENTARY sovereignty is a term that politicians use to justify the revolutionary system they have secretly created – the single elective authority. This system pretends to be representative of public opinion by offering a variety of manifestos.

These collective packages mean that the voter is forced to consent to the entire contents of a manifesto, thereby granting total power to the winning party, and thus destroying the protection of constitutional law.

We were to find out, to our dismay, that this protection would be destroyed by party politicians, when, in 1972 – believing in our centuries-old right in Common Law to petition the Crown – our 750,000 signatures were ignored, and we endured 48 years in the European Union (EU).

This is to illustrate to the reader the magnitude of the damage that can, and has been, inflicted on the English people by the ‘democratic’ confidence trick called ‘the party system’.

It was of course repeated in 2019, when Boris Johnson was granted an 80-seat majority by a desperate nation wanting back its right to self-government – from the very party that had given it away.

‘It is the Parliamentary majority which has the potential for tyranny’, warned Conservative Lord Hailsham in 1970. The party jeered at him. As consititutional affairs’ expert Professor H.W.R. Wade warned: ‘It must not be forgotten that there can be no check on the unscrupulous use of power by a government which finds itself in command of a majority in the House of Commons.’

For the benefit of those who were not politically active or even alive in 1970 (and now fancy themselves as politicians or commentators), Professor Wade’s comments perfectly describe the tyranny that the Edward Heath government imposed on dissident MPs who came out of the Whip’s office ‘ashen-faced’ as they had been so threatened. That information is for the modern self-styled commentators who think Tory tyranny is only recent with lockdowns, net zero, etc.

This is what you get when you endorse or participate in a system which subjects the people to the dominance of the collective party manifesto and the unashamed competition for power which party politicians declare at the hustings, contrary to the constitution.

In case the reader thinks a new political party is the answer, I would argue that it’s the party system itself that is the problem. This centralisation of power (in violation of the constitution) is achieved by merging the government with the Commons via ‘the single elective authority’ based on French Revolutionary ideas, or what Lord Hailsham famously called ‘elective dictatorship’.

In her book World Revolution, Nesta Webster, former tutor to the British Security services, states that Marxism and the ideas of the French Revolution are interchangeable.

Edmund Burke said: ‘Whenever Parliament is persuaded to assume the offices of executive government, it will lose all the confidence, love and veneration which it has ever enjoyed, whilst it was supposed to be the corrective control on the acting powers of the state.’

Having described what the party system does to the voter to extract consent for the tranche of tyranny, all party candidates are subject to the Party Whip:

‘As long as we backbenchers vote after the debate in the way the Whips tell us, nobody cares much what happens during the debate’, said Tory MP Julian Critchley in a November 1980 edition of Reader’s Digest magazine.

In 2024, the majority acceptance of a couple of Labour policies, to correct the damage caused by the ‘money party’, would mean the entire Labour manifesto will be endorsed.

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The asinine claim by some Tories that Labour are a lot worse is a proven lie. There is little or no difference when power is concerned, and the checks and balances on that power have been destroyed. The nature of the party revolution is to destroy the protection offered to the individual by the separation of powers in the constitution.

Anyone who plays party politics consents to that situation.

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Recommended: The British Constitution and the Corruption of Parliament by Ben Green, and The Party System by Hilaire Belloc.