Naming bills

A brief aside, but Alina Konevski wrote about the short titles of bills becoming progressively less relevant to their contents in Canada, and she compares that to the UK where names are drafted by civil servants instead. That’s not entirely true, as this article shows. Nick Clegg wanted to have a ‘great reform bill’, the parliamentary counsel would have wanted something similar to a ‘law reform (miscellaneous provisions) bill’ but they compromised on the better but still not objective ‘protection of freedoms bill’.

While most bills don’t seem to have been compromised in this way, that bill was by what appears to have been a negotiation between the government and civil servants. It’s not automatically the impartial naming service it may be seen as.

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