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  • Writer's pictureHaydn Wheeler

Parliamentary tyranny and that royal prerogative.

With the resignation of MP and lawyer Stephen Phillips and his concerns about parliamentary tyranny and whether royal prerogative is at play relating to Brexit, it throws us very much into what was being enforced on the Clubmen through the course of 17th Century English Civil War. Parliamentary and Royalist troops through both houses in Westminster and the King's Oxford parliament made their demands with force as the war escalated. The war in the case of Westminster was a cause of because of a breakdown in the authority of parliament, it was not a breakdown because of the war.

Localism, law and representation in local community was being undermined by the warring parties. The Clubmen through keeping a neutrality and not siding with either side tried to bring an order back into their community while what was seen as the "World Turned Upside Down" was around them. Parliamentarians still had counties who they represented interests, but through the course of the civil war this was becoming more of catering to the demands of the armies interests. The Clubmen of 1645 through keeping locality as where their power lay tried to limit the plight of a divided nation that was thrust upon them. Parliamentary tyranny for reasons of expediency leaves us with no parliament at all. Electoral reform, as then as now desirable? Levellers territory.

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