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MANIFESTO OF A BENEVOLENT DICTATOR

BENDICT - OUR FRAGILE DEMOCRACY

1 INTRODUCTION

The British Parliament or Mother of all Parliaments as it is known throughout the world is in danger of losing its reputation, largely by its own actions and inactions.  Our Civil War established the supremacy of Parliament.  Such a war is of course unthinkable today, but the principle of supremacy over the Executive must stand.  Brave souls such as Gina Miller and our Supreme Court’s judges are ensuring the principal stands despite despicable criticism from the Press and Government.

There is a difference between our Parliament and many of the parliaments that have followed it.  Whereas most others have a semi circular layout and are intended to be more consensual.  Ours is adversarial in layout, two swords lengths apart, and in style.  Our Parliamentary debates and PMQs are regarded as some form of robust entertainment in the United States.  There are now many parties and factions in the House.  It might seem strange for a Benevolent Dictator to seek consensus, but of course I do not agree with the woman who tried to be ours this year, the wrong Dictator is the worst form of Government.  It is not however rare, as Russia, China, Turkey and Egypt are already so governed along with many more in Africa and South America.

I have mentioned the UK – the United Kingdom.  Never in recent centuries has there has been such danger that the United will be no longer the case.  It will probably still be a “Kingdom”, but Scotland and now Northern Ireland may find that they are more at home with the EU than the UK.  With Scotland, it may be a case of the best excuse yet to break away, although the GE2017 in June put a dent in that intention.  To me Scotland seems currently to have substantial control, short of Independence, indeed as much as the German Lander.  With NI it may be expediency about an EU border, but the sectarian dangers involved are hard to assess and very unpleasant to contemplate.  The Irish Republic still yearns for a united Ireland.  But we have now to contemplate two land borders with Europe on our own islands.

I would be better pleased with a united British Isles.  That is impossible for a century or two!  Indeed the pressure throughout Europe is the opposite and seems to be to break up into small historically tribal states rather than the “mega” groupings such as Germany, France, Italy and the UK.  The UK following devolution has pressure to have regional assemblies.  A guide to this is perhaps found in a post nuclear attack survival plan of the 50s when the UK was divided into 12 regional administrations.  Rather complex for normal peacetime.

2 THE CIVIL SERVICE

As an aside, thank goodness, that the UK does not have a politicised Civil Service and Judiciary the way the USA does.  The Supreme Court Judges and downwards to all Federal Judges are political appointments.  When the President changes, whole rafts of the US Civil Service go causing much loss in experience.  A factor in the chaos of the early days of President Trump.

In many ways, our State employees are in a privileged position, their job security and terms and conditions of employment are usually much better than the equivalent level in private industry, although they have suffered a a period of pay restraint of late.  However, the policies outlined below will bring upon them a need for change such that they have never seen before.  They must be guaranteed no compulsory redundancy.  They must also be encouraged to re-train and to switch to other Branches and Agencies and especially toward local government as the burden of governing will move in that direction and so numbers in that sector will need to rise as those in Central Government will need to fall.  If there are jobs to be dispensed with, it raises the need for much better planning of the recruitment into and retirement from this large combined workforce.

Any individual responsible for an action which brings about justified public and media criticism must face enquiry and possible demotion or dismissal.  As should their Minister if he/she was directly involved.