Monthly Archives: January 2013

Royal Succession: the UK fast-tracks it

It’s only a common sense change, so says the government. Then why is it trying to ram the Succession to the Crown bill through parliament, especially when the thirteen* other realms haven’t even started yet? What’s the rush? It’s only been … Continue reading

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Select Committees: Conflicts of Interest

Paul Burstow MP was elected chair of the joint select committee on the draft care and support bill. That would be fine except for the minor fact that he was one of those who wrote the bloody bill. That’s not … Continue reading

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Collective cabinet responsibility: Oops

Today the House of Lords amended a bill to delay the vote on the boundary changes until 2018 (though, of course, the Commons has yet to have its say), defeating the government in the process. Nothing particularly interesting about that … Continue reading

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Lords: Leader resigns – replaced by Lord Hill of Oareford

The Leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords since 1999, Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, the Lord Strathclyde, resigned today on the day the government had their mid-term review. A shame. Lord Strathclyde was … Continue reading

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War: Commons’ veto

Back in 2011, it was promised by the current Foreign Secretary that the Commons would be given a vote before any military action and the Cabinet manual was changed to reflect this (with the caveat “except when there was an … Continue reading

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Oral questions in the Lords: an update

The report on letting Lords oral questions be determined by fair ballot rather than on an easily abusable first-come-first-served basis (which I covered in some depth here) will be debated on Wednesday the 9th of January, and (unsurprisingly) two Labour … Continue reading

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