A Mischief Of Magpies

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Abolition of Parliament Bill

Shortly after Easter is the third reading of the Abolition of Parliament Bill. This bill gives ministers the power to change law by executive order and without having to go through the hassle of parliamentary scrutiny or risking a debate.

The Public Whip team are among those who are more than a little concerned about the bill and have set up a website to raise awareness of the fact that the government are trying to sneak through a major constitutional change.

Go check it out.

3 Comments:

At 7:15 pm, Blogger Clairwil said...

If only they'd had the balls to call it the 'Abolition Of Parliament Act' or gone for something a bit retro like 'The Enabling Act', then they might be facing more opposition. Instead the cunning swines have come up with a name so boring that 98% of the public will nod off at the very mention of it's given title.

 
At 9:13 am, Blogger Paul said...

But even 'The Enabling Act' is a pretty innocuous name if you don't know any history.

Jenni Russell describes a Blairite at a dinner with a friend who, after finding himself frequently challenged, eventually said: "What you don't seem to understand is that we are good people!"

What the Labour leadership don't seem to understand is that, even if they are good people, they have no idea of who will follow them and how these people will use the ever greater powers that they are grabbing.

 
At 2:28 pm, Blogger Larry Teabag said...

What the Labour leadership don't seem to understand is that, even if they are good people, they have no idea of who will follow them

Agreed. And the fact that they're able to miss such an obvious and important point suggests to me that they're not good people at all, but sneaky manipulative lying bastards.

 

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