Who's Running The Country Now That Parliament's Been Dissolved?

Who's minding the shop?

It's a question I've never asked myself before or indeed thought of asking. This media talk of the dissolution has brought the question to the forefront of my mind.

When I was a youngster my family ran a corner shop and the perennial cry was always 'Who's minding the shop?' Followed closely by 'The bell's rung!' We had one of those old-fashioned bells on a coiled spring that was rung every time the shop door opened.

The first part of the answer to this question above lies in the following statement.

The Queen (Monarch) rules The Prime Minister Governs.

ParliamentI suppose that explains why the PM has to report regularly to the Monarch of the day and normally that's a once a week occasion.

Now that Parliament is dissolved, every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. All business in the House comes to an end. There are no Members of Parliament. MPs revert to being members of the public and lose privileges associated with being a Member of Parliament.

MPs are allowed access to Parliament for just a few days in which to remove papers from their offices. The facilities that the House provides for MPs in Westminster during a Parliament are no longer available to them from 5pm on the day of dissolution.

Until a new Parliament is elected, there are no MPs. Those who wish to be MPs again must stand again as candidates for election.

So if there are no MPs who's running the country? I suspect the explanation lies in the following extract from The Cabinet Manual.

Para 2.8 Cabinet Manual "Prime Ministers hold office unless and until they resign."

So despite not being an MP David Cameron presumably continues as The Queens 'appointed' Prime Minister and the remainder of the Government as his appointees still hold office.

It's an interesting little quirk of our latest version of the unwritten Constitution of the Country.

Finally, a question for you - are you playing your part in the democratic life of the Country? Have you registered to vote? Shouldn't you?

Here's the link: http://www.sefton.gov.uk/news/register-to-vote.aspx

 

 


Moorfields Station Closures From Monday 13 April

Platforms at Moorfields Station will close in phases from Monday 13 April 2015 until April 2016.

Moorfields Station Refurbishment

During this period the station will be refurbished. Platforms, walkways and the upper and lower concourse areas are all being refurbished, giving an improved and altogether more enjoyable travel experience.

For more information or to ask a question about the Moorfields refurbishment see: http://www.merseyrail.org/seasonal/moorfields-station-refurbishment.aspx

 

 


Roadworks In Formby Due to Start On 30 March

Here is the latest list of roadworks due to start in Formby as from Monday 30 March.

Roadworks

B5424 Church Road, Formby, Sefton Council
30 March — 02 April
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: In Footway And Carriageway Side Of, And Opposite 38
Works description: Install Long Sided Service Connection At Depth Of Under 1.5 Meters By Open Excavation With Permanent Reinstatement
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Elbow Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
30 March — 01 April
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: 2
Works description: Footway Patching
Responsibility for works: Sefton Council
Current status: Planned work about to start

Green Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
31 March — 02 April
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside Number 26
Works description: Open Cut Excavation Required To Replace Existing Assets That Is Causing A Potential Hazard, On Behalf Of United Utilities. In Footway
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Lady Green Lane, Ince Blundell, Sefton Council
30 March — 01 April
Delays possible Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Entrance To Garden Centre
Works description: Replace Clean Water Manhole Frame & Cover At Depth Of Under 1.5 Metres By Hand And Machine Dig In Carriageway.
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Pinfold Lane, Ainsdale, Sefton Council
30 March — 01 April
Delays possible Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: Outside 85b To 85c - In Footway, Carriageway And Verge Side Of 85
Works description: Install Long Sided Service Connections At Depth Of Under 1.5 Meters By Open Excavation With Permanent Reinstatement
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Birkey Lane, Formby, Sefton Council
31 March — 07 April
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: Outside And Opposite Number 11
Works description: Open Cut Excavation Required To Replace Existing Domestic Or Commercial Water Service Connection To Property On Behalf Of United Utilities Footway Carriageway
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

Dunes Drive, Formby, Sefton Council
31 March — 02 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: Outside 2
Works description: Excavations Required To Replace Defective Fire Hydrant At Depth Of Under 1.5 Meters Working In Footway On Behalf Of United Utlites
Responsibility for works: United Utilities Water
Current status: Planned work about to start

York Road, Formby, Sefton Council
30 March — 01 April
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: From In Footway Outside 10 To Footway Opposite 11 York Road, Formby, Liverpool, L37 8ba, York Road
Works description: 1 ,Install 13m Of 1 Way Poly Duct In Footway Lay Approx 13m In Footway
Responsibility for works: BT
Current status: Planned work about to start
 

Road Works Signage


Good Morning 'Here Comes the Sun'

Good Morning British Summer Time has officially begun.

Have you ever  wondered how British Summer Time (BST) came about.

Deck chairs in the sunBritish Summer Time was first established in 1916, after a campaign by builder William Willett. His original proposal was to move the clocks forward by 80 minutes, in 20-minute weekly steps on Sundays in April and by the reverse procedure in September. But following the Summer Time Act, BST began on 21 May and ended on 1 October in that year

During the Second World War, in 1940, the clocks in Britain were not put back by an hour at the end of Summer Time. In subsequent years, clocks continued to be advanced by one hour each spring and put back by an hour each autumn until July 1945. During these summers, therefore, Britain was two hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time (BDST).

The clocks were brought back in line with GMT at the end of summer in 1945. In 1947, due to severe fuel shortages, clocks were advanced by one hour on two occasions during the spring, and put back by one hour on two occasions during the autumn, meaning that Britain was back on BDST during that summer.[

The current arrangement is now defined by the Summer Time Order 2002 which defines BST as

...the period beginning at one o'clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in March and ending at one o'clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in October.—The Summer Time Order 2002

(Source: Wikipedia accessed 25 Oct 2013 at 11.30 am: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Summer_Time)

 And here's come the sun.