Controlling governments is about controlling the money. It always was about money. That's how parliament emerged as a force in the land, going as far back as 1215 when the tenants-in-chief secured the Magna Carta from King John.
That concession, more than anything else, established the principle that the king might not levy or collect any taxes (except the feudal taxes to which they were hitherto accustomed), save with the consent of his royal council. And it was the "council" which gradually developed into a parliament. The rest, as they say, is history.
That principle survives to this day. The executive must refer to parliament each year for approval of its budget. Without that, it runs out of money. Our problem is – and the heart of all our problems – is that this process has become an empty ritual. No parliament has rejected a budget in living memory, and none is likely to.
So each year, we see this great ritual, where the government of the day pretends to ask us for the money it wants, and we have to watch the empty charade of approval being given – only then to see vast amounts of money being spent on things of which the majority of us do not approve, such as the European Union.
This must stop. The ritual must turn back into substance, and there must be real control over the annual budget. The politicians cannot be trusted to discharge this duty. They have their fingers in the till and a vested interest in maintaining high levels of expenditure. The power must go to the people who pay the bills - us.
The means by which must be achieved is through an annual referendum. The budget must, each year, be submitted to the people for approval, and comes into force only once approved. The politicians must make their case, put their arguments, and then ask us for the money ... and they have to say please. We, the people, decide whether they get it. We, the people, have the power to say no.View full article here