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.
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