Thursday, May 07, 2015


Lords punter Lord Steel
They will, if this Lord has his way:

Steel does not rule out cooperation with a minority Labour government in a constitutional convention or commission to secure specific reforms. Those reforms would include home rule for Scotland within the UK; an English grand committee for the Commons to ensure English-only legislation was handled in the Commons only by English MPs and finally the creation of a smaller democratic Senate to replace the House of Lords, elected by the component parts of the UK.

Labour has said it backs a constitutional convention and would agree the three issues raised by Lord Steel to be included. However it is likely that Labour would prefer the Liberal Democrats to join it in a coalition if that was possible.

Imagine that: all those old dodderers in the House of Lords replaced by a body elected by ethnic and geographic regions!

1 comment :

  1. One view:

    “The temper tantrums are beginning.
    No one, Labour or Tory, seems to be able to accept that people in Scotland will
    vote for the party they want to represent them, and they continue to portray
    democracy in action as an actual threat to democracy. Tories and Lib Dems are
    preparing to challenge a Labour-SNP alliance as unconstitutional. That will be
    chaos. By claiming such a state of affairs to be illegitimate they are pushing
    Scotland to vote yes in any future referendum.

    This Tory panic, though, is real.
    The two parties are broken. The re-emergence of Major reminds us that it is 23
    years since the Conservatives got a majority and they may never
    do again. We will see a terrible scurrying about behind closed doors after this
    election, further locking out the voters. And the man who was prime minister
    just because he could be will have to show some passion beyond disdain for
    democracy. By then, though, it may be too late to activate the reluctant
    Cameron, who now appears little more than a political spambot.”

    So sez Suzanne
    Moore in The Guardian.


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