Now he has finally landed a job in the Government, it surely cannot be long before the housing minister, Gavin Barwell, will be calling on his Prime Minister, Theresa May, to hold a General Election.
Only that’s what Barwell was supporting back in 2010, when he was inflicting his deceiving leaflets and his all-things-to-all-men (and women) approach to the people of Croydon Central, seeking to be elected as their MP the first time round.
Then, it suited the thrusting young Tory to flag up that the then Labour Government was led by someone who had been chosen by its own party’s internal selection process without any reference to the public at large. Much like Barwell and a couple of hundred Conservative MPs did last week with Theresa May.
On his website in April 2010, Barwell noted a visit from Andrew Lansley, and wrote favourably of a law change advocated by David Cameron (remember him?).
“David Cameron today made it clear that a Conservative Government will change the law to require a General Election to be held within six months of a change of Prime Minister,” Barwell wrote at the time.
“This will ensure we don’t have a repeat of the situation where we have been stuck with Gordon Brown for nearly three years despite no one ever having voted for him.”
Now some constitutionalists might point out that the basic premise of this suggestion displays a lack of understanding of the British parliamentary system. Others will note that, in six years as Prime Minister, Cameron never included such a proposal in a bill.
Yet it surely cannot be long before Barwell, who has never been noted for his self-serving opportunism (well, not much), will be calling for May to seek a proper democratic endorsement of her premiership, since we don’t want to be stuck with her for nearly four years despite no one ever having voted for her.
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