Prorogation: a word for our times by Angela Caldin

There’s a kind of hush over our house now and we are no longer drawn to watching the news at all hours. This is because on Monday 9 September, our prime minister prorogued parliament. This means he’s shut it down so that for the next few weeks we’ll be spared the sight of Boris Johnson making sexist remarks from the despatch box, of Jacob Rees-Mogg lounging arrogantly on the front bench and of the House of Commons flailing around in the mess that is Brexit. Prorogation is a new word for a… Read More

Democracy and sovereignty in the EU debate by Angela Caldin

These words have been bandied about on a daily basis over the past few weeks as we build up to the referendum tomorrow. It occurred to me today to think about what they mean in the context of the UK and of the EU. Democracy The Cambridge dictionary defines democracy as ‘the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves’. This makes me wonder what kind of democracy we… Read More