Monthly Archives: May 2012

Now this is interesting – Civil Service reform

With growing dissatisfaction within government and without with the state of the civil service demands for change are growing. The ever-frustrated Steve Hilton proposed a ninety percent (!) cut in the numbers of the civil service, the government will come … Continue reading

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Pre-study in action: Canada’s omnibudget

Despite remaining resolutely un-split, the budget implementation bill in the Canadian parliament is undergoing consideration by six committees. Not, of course, in the House of Commons but in the Senate! If you hadn’t read the title I’m talking about pre-study, … Continue reading

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Senate reform: speak of the devil…

No sooner do I make my post on Senate reform than articles appear about it too! Not sure who posted first, but either way, we live in exciting times. But it’s definitely the case that in both the United Kingdom … Continue reading

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Senate reform: slow progress

Meanwhile in Canada the Senate reform bill wades through the House of Commons. So far, it has had seven ‘days’ of second reading debate in the Commons since September 2011 though I should note that in contrast to the British … Continue reading

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A (Qualified) Defence of the Queen’s Speech

Chris Bryant, MP for the Rhondda and former minister, has in the Independent described the Queen’s Speech as ‘an ossified ceremony that is nothing more than a big lie’. An interesting viewpoint, but ultimately based on a outdated idea of what … Continue reading

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Great Offices of State lectures: Ministers and Parliament

Starting in February, the Speaker of the House of Commons began a series of lectures from holders of the great offices of state (Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary) on the subject of ministers and parliament. The … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech

The British State Opening of Parliament starts tomorrow with the BBC’s coverage at 10.30am – the more overtly political coverage is on BBC News, while a more light-hearted look at the ceremonial generally takes place on BBC Parliament at the … Continue reading

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