By Thomas Glave
THOMAS GLAVE HAS BEEN ADMIRED for his targeted type and exploration of taboo, politically risky issues. The award-winning author's new assortment, one of the Bloodpeople, includes the entire energy and bold of his previous writing yet ventures even extra into the political, the private, and the secret.
every one ESSAY within the quantity REVEALS a passionate dedication to social justice and human fact. even if confronting Jamaica's major minister on antigay bigotry, considering the dangers and seductions of "outlawed" intercourse, exploring a global of octopuses and males acting somersaults within the Caribbean Sea, or demanding repressive strategies hired on the college of Cambridge, Glave expresses the observations of a world citizen with the voice of a poet
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There is little point in expecting that the barons of Parliament can stage a Runnymede. And even apart from the power relations involved, the truth is that to this point 42 Dilemmas of Change in British Politics an adequate intellectual case has not been made for strengthening the Commons. Reform of Parliament has been advocated with little consideration of why it is desirable; strengthening the Commons has been regarded as a self-evident good. The debate would be a more sensible one and have some hope of bearing fruit in the form of changes of substance, if it were discussed from the viewpoint that British mass democracy has developed in such a way as to distort representational roles.
Not until Britain escaped being engulfed by the revolutionary excesses unleashed by the French Revolution in 1789 was Britain regarded as having a talent for responding adaptively to pressures for change so as to diffuse discontent and maintain political stability. The events of the 19th century reinforced this new image of the British. During the period between the two Reform Acts Britain not only managed to avoid the political upheavals that troubled the Continent, but also was able to transform its economy by becoming the first industrial nation.
The Commons needs reforming in order to improve the nature, the quality of representation - it is not a matter of a power struggle between executive and legislature. What must be recognized is that Britain is diverse, not the mythical homogeneous land existing only in many American textbooks on British government. The diverse needs and interests of the British people are not being adequately served under the existing system. Pluralistic stagnation in Britain has helped to obscure the real issue by encouraging the idea that representation of large, national interests, rather than of local diversity, is what matters.