Monthly Archives: January 2012

Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke on Parliament and Government

“If I thought this country had gone to the dogs … I’d be in the House of Lords already.” Ken Clarke is one of the longest-serving government MPs. He was a whip as far back as the early 1970s under … Continue reading

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Some interesting links…

Some interesting links from around the parliamentary world: United Kingdom Labour leadership nervous about loose Lords Voting with the heart – and stomach* Ministerial Numbers May be Cut It’s time for transparency about lobbying if we are to clean up … Continue reading

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Bercow’s urgent question revolution?

It’s fairly common in recent times for Parliaments to have some mechanism so they can question government ministers as a chamber. In the UK House of Commons, unique at least amongst the Commonwealth realms, the whole question time procedure is … Continue reading

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Hungary’s Fidesz government and Urgency

Hungary is one of the ex-Communist regimes which came out of the Cold War with a democratic parliament, competitive elections, and a relatively good all-round record of governance. It’s said that if a country experiences more than two changes of … Continue reading

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Australian Committee reforms

The Australian general election of 2010 ended with a hung parliament*, but in contrast to the UK the incumbent Labor government had no third party in the lower house with which to go into coalition. Instead, it sought a confidence-and-supply … Continue reading

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Lords Reform 4: The Choice…

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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Lords Reform 3: We Are the People

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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