Labour MP Paul Flynn has exposed the limits to Nick Clegg’s belief in democracy in a Parliamentary question about the Monarchy.
Despite arguing in the same session of Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions that the House of Lord needed democratic reform, Clegg said he did not support electing the Head of State
In light of the current debate over Lords reform, Flynn asked “Will the Deputy Prime Minister extend his commendable enthusiasm to trusting the people and extending democracy by giving our people a right that is enjoyed in almost every other free country in the world—that is, will he allow them to vote on whether Charles, William or A. N. Other should be our next head of state?”
At a time when there is intense scrutiny on Britain’s constitution, it is essential that the scope of the debate is broadened to include a discussion on a democratic alternative to the Monarchy.
The Deputy Prime Minister has recently stated in the Commons that the Lords must be reformed because it has “no democratic mandate – none at all – but exercises real power”, but it appears that he is unwilling to apply this principle to our Head of State.