Can’t Give It Up

I love a good process, me.  If I’ve been spending enough time working on Excel (I love spreadsheets, too!) my brain begins to work in “if” statements!

The first job I genuinely enjoyed was designing processes and putting steps where they needed to be; that may have been in parallel or sequence but always involves working out what you need to do first and what information you can use elsewhere.

Sometimes a process is just there for the sake of it, but these can still be quite brilliant.

Yesterday, on the back of Heathrow’s third runway being approved, Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP for Richmond Park, resigned in protest against the decision, which he called “catastrophic”.  However, an MP is technically banned from resigning their seat in the House of Commons.

This prohibition of afforded by a resolution passed by the House of Commons on 2 March 1624. It states simply “…that a man, after he is duly chosen, cannot relinquish.”

To get round this, MPs actually apply to be appointed to one of two positions in something properly called a “legal fiction”.  An MP applies to be appointed to an “office of profit under the Crown” which disqualified them from being an MP.  The role has no duties, but vacates an MP’s seat once they are appointed.

Two offices are specified as disqualifying for this purpose: the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds and of the Manor of Northstead.  Historically, an MP was disqualified as being an MP if they held one of these posts in case there was a conflict of interest between the two posts given that one involved being on the monarch’s payroll.

The law relating to resignation is now codified and consolidated in section 4 of the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975:

For the purposes of the provisions of this Act relating to the vacation of the seat of a member of the House of Commons who becomes disqualified by this Act for membership of that House, the office of steward or bailiff of Her Majesty’s three Chiltern Hundreds of Stoke, Desborough and Burnham, or of the Manor of Northstead, shall be treated as included among the offices described in Part III of Schedule 1 to this Act.

A now former MP can stay in one of those posts until another MP decides that they’ve had enough, or they can resign from that post too.

I think that’s brilliant!  it get rounds something in a wonderfully complex way that still keeps all the bells and whistles that feel like they should properly be there.

People call me superstitious
Well they’d better watch their tongue
This one is so malicious
Got me on the hit and run
Mirrors and suicide
It’s got me terrified
Shock horror deep inside
Intuition never lies

You always get what you want
Just by strutting your stuff
Give up
Come on and give up control
Give up
Give up tainting my soul
Give up
You stand so tall
You come and take it all
Give up
Come on and give up control

Saw you in a magazine and I read your double spread
What does the future hold
Well you’d better keep your head
People talking through my mind
Strike it down, losing time
Under pressure so unwind
Catch you some other time

You always get what you want
Just by strutting your stuff
Give up
Come on and give up control
Give up
Give up tainting my soul
Give up
You stand so tall
You come and take it all
Give up
Come on and give up control

You’re pretty, good looking
But I’m looking for a way out
You’re pretty, good looking
But I’m looking for a way out
You’re pretty, good looking
But I’m looking for a way out, out, out
So you should give it up

Give up
Come on and give up control
Give up
Give up tainting my soul
Give up
You stand so tall
You come and take it all
Give up
Come on and give up control

Give Up by Miles Kane

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