A better United Kingdom?

Yesterday’s debate on the constitutional implications of the Scottish independence referendum naturally highlighted the profound and shocking potential impacts of a ‘Yes’ vote on 18 September.  However, there was a consistent theme – growing in intensity as the evening wore on – that there were important implications for the whole of the UK, whatever the outcome . . . → Read More: A better United Kingdom?

Quality vs Quantity

Goldilocks looked at Tony Blair’s Queen’s Speeches, with 30+ bills announced each time, and pronounced, ‘that’s far too much legislation’.  Then Goldilocks looked at the Coalition’s final Queen’s Speech and lamented, ‘this is far too little legislation.’  She looked at a perfect, fantasy government of the future and said, ‘that legislative programme will be just right’.

The . . . → Read More: Quality vs Quantity

Majority rule

Last night’s debate in the Lords may – for once – fully justify the plaudits we get from the fan club for “wise, eloquent and dispassionate” discussion, contrasting with the hurly-burly at the Commons end of the building.

The subject?  “Constitutional Implications of Coalition Government” may not sound that enticing (please stifle that yawn!), but I invite . . . → Read More: Majority rule