What a Fix-Up! My e-book on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

by Carl Gardner on May 6, 2015

What a Fix-Up!What a Fix-Up! is my new e-book about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011: what it says, its place in the constitution, the different ways it can be read, and how politicians might use and abuse it in the 2015 Parliament.

What a Fix-Up! gives a quick guide to the constitution (with a clear explanation of who’s appointed PM in a hung Parliament). After settting out the old system and telling how the rules were changed, What a Fix-Up! provides an in-depth analysis of the Act’s provisions, explaining the different ways it can be interpreted and the political implications of each of them, before looking at how the Act might be used and contested by politicians in three hypothetical Parliaments.

What a Fix-Up! is not only the essential guide to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, but a sharp critique and a passionate argument for repeal.

You can buy What a Fix-Up! for Kindle here.


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1 SpinningHugo (@SpinningHugo) May 6, 2015 at 11:50

Well done Carl. Will download now.

What would be nice is if we could test to destruction the theory of some eminent authors that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act defines the meaning of a ‘motion of confidence.’ I don’t think it does, and we may see a Queen’s Speech from Cameron, with an amendment in the form of a motion of no confidence from the opposition, in May 2015, just as we did in 1924 and 1892

For the exhaustive, but wrong, construction of the Act see


For the correct view see


or even


and other posts there.

2 Jeremy Hindmarsh May 6, 2015 at 18:52

All the best with it. About time someone took on subjects like this head (sic) on.

3 dw June 4, 2015 at 17:39

Amazon.co.uk won’t let me buy the e-book as I’m not in the UK. Care to give a quick summary of why it should be repealed?

4 Carl Gardner June 5, 2015 at 13:20

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