Fixed Term for Parliament
Well, my blogging hiatus lasted two whole days. I wanted to note that the recent British election will lead to significant constitutional change there. The new Government is proposing that from now on Parliament should have a fixed term of five years, which means that the Prime Minister will no longer control when an election happens. Furthermore, the Government wants to raise the threshold necessary for a successful no-confidence motion to 55% of all MPs, not 50% +1.
In both respects, the UK is moving towards our Constitution. Under Labour, Britain went from a unitary state to a federal one and adopted a Supreme Court in lieu of the House of Lords. Now they are on the cusp of adopting our system of fixed elections and our use of supermajority rules (as far as I know, the House of Commons has never used a supermajority rule for anything before.) Somewhere the Framers must be chuckling about this trend.