Monthly Archives: February 2013

Royal Succession: commitment issues

Queensland The Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is done with the bill. It didn’t hold any public hearings on the bill, and we don’t know how many private meetings were held on it either. Not many, I … Continue reading

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Steel bill returns: Nice new Lords you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to them…

Lord Steel of Aikwood, former Liberal leader and perennial thorn in the side of the government and Nick Clegg, is shortly to begin his latest bout of guerrilla war against the government on House of Lords reform. He has a … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: many updates

New Zealand Today, the government of New Zealand introduced its Royal Succession Bill. Interestingly, it didn’t actually have to wait for Parliament to be in session to do this, it just sent a letter to the clerk. In New Zealand, … Continue reading

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Free Votes: Not as free as you might think

There’s been much ado about the Marriage (same-sex couples) Bill going through parliament currently. The bill passed second reading on a free vote by 400 votes to 175 with both Labour and the Liberal Democrats sufficiently cohesive to form party … Continue reading

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Royal Succession: Canada *really* fast-tracks it

And I was complaining about two days of debate in the UK Commons! The Canadian House of Commons has passed a motion to ‘deem’ that the bill has been read, committed, reported, concurred in and passed. I’m not very familiar … Continue reading

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The new sofa government

Tony Blair was well-known for thinking the way to make policy effectively was to get around the civil service machine. He disdained the idea of decisions being made by Cabinet as a whole and instead ensured that decisions were made … Continue reading

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