Virus kills democracy

The Washington Post reports that Hungarian populist Orban has stopped democracy and replaced it with unlimited powers. Whilst Boris Johnson had no problems proroging parliament early, due to the virus, this time around. I think Johnson’s emergency powers stretch to two years.

Yet, under political arguments alone Boris Johnson could not prorogue parliament in favour of Brexit. Yet a virus, that prominently attacks elderly rich people, can cause democracy to die in a week.

I am sure it would have been possible to keep parliament open on a limited access routine. Parties could have agreed rotas to reduce the numbers of MPs attending at any day and sit apart, within the 2-metre rule.

Why does parliament shut down at all for Easter, Christmas and summer. There is no need to shut down parliament. The government is perfectly able to collect information from people for the purpose of completing the Census and local councils can allow people to up-date their voting register online securely. Such systems are very similar and can be used for MPs to cast their votes.

Debates can be streamed by using a central screen, which can even be televised.

Where there is a will, there is a way.

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