The cabinet secretary, Gus O’Donnell, has just issued a 150-page draft cabinet manual that sets out how we are governed, and is being widely hailed as the foundation for a codified constitution. Although an unelected mandarin, he took it upon himself to give an interview in advance to the Telegraph and told them: “I think those who are in favour of a written constitution will start with it … It has never existed before; we’ve been waiting decades and decades for this.”
Really? Let’s put that little “we” on hold for a moment.
The document is not in any way a draft of a democratic constitution. It is a manual for British dictatorship. It is quite open about this. It states: “It is written from the perspective of the executive branch of government”. It adds: “It is not intended to have any legal effect or set issues in stone. It is intended to guide, not to direct.” In plain language, we can change it whenever we think it is best and it sets out how the executive can get away with whatever it can get away with.
When the Tories were campaigning for the 2010 general election, they went on and on about something they called “Broken Britain”. They made out the meaning was schools and hospitals were broken, families were broken, society was broken.
What “we, the people” didn’t spot is that what is really broken is government. The “system” is broken, not the country. Nothing changed with this coalition, despite the published agreement between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, despite the mutual love-in the garden of Number 10. Yes, Britain is broken, but it wasn’t the people that broke it. And we’re getting to a point where we will be unable to fix it because the elitists who are running it keep moving the goalposts so we can’t. The elitists don’t want we lower orders to have any control over how we are governed.
Britain has been broken for more than four decades, but we’re just too lazy to get of our fat arses, turn off the celebrity non-entity television and sort our country out.
Well, that set me up for a good mood, didn’t it!