'A Parliament with influence over the Government simply reflects democracy', says John Curtice

'A Parliament with influence over the Government isn't bad and reflects democracy', says politics professor

The Queen's Speech took place today (June 21)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Parliament that has real influence on what the Government does isn't necessarily bad and is in fact classic democracy, says one of Britain's most recognisable politics professors.

The Queen's Speech took place today (June 21) and many of the ideas in the Conservative manifesto were not included after the party failed to win a majority in the election. The speech mostly centred on Brexit.

John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, told Sam Delaney: "Maybe having a Parliament that does actually have some influence and provides a check on what the government does is not necessarily a bad thing, indeed it could be argued [this is] what a democracy is meant to be about.

"There is no doubt that respective of whoever was running the country, the principle task is to pave the way for Brexit.

"I think it’s probably a bit too strong to suggest this is the government that can’t do anything," he said. "This is a government that is going to have to negotiate its legislation through the House of Commons."

Curtice also believes that "you shouldn’t underestimate the ability of minority governments to survive."

Listen to the full interview above

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