Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lords Reform 2: Form and Function… Joined in Spiritual Union

What to do with the House of Lords is one of the great constitutional questions – it has been asked for over a century. In this four-part series of posts I’ll look at the prospects for getting something approaching an … Continue reading

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Lords Reform 1: The Harder the Conflict, the More Glorious the Triumph?

What to do with the House of Lords is one of the great constitutional questions – it has been asked for over a century. Since this coming year promises to be the one where Lords reform truly gets under way, … Continue reading

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Wigs, robes, hats and shouting: State Openings of Parliament

It’s Christmas time, and I thought it was time for some lighter topics to cover. So, here’s a compilation of State Openings of Parliament from across the Commonwealth! For those who are uncertain as to what that is, or why … Continue reading

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The Right to be Told First: Punishing UK ministers for leaking to the media

It’s been a longstanding grievance of backbenchers and the opposition that ministers announce policy to the media before parliament. This reached a head during the last years of the Labour government when policy announcements to parliament were perceived to be … Continue reading

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British Select Committees dig in for trench warfare

I thoroughly recommend this article on how the Liaison Committee, a committee of the chairs of the Commons Select Committees, are inquiring into their own powers and effectiveness. The article’s principal focus is on their budgets and powers of appointing … Continue reading

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