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Let’s make satirising Parliament legal

Until 1771, people weren’t allowed to publish detailed reports of what went on in Parliament. Only Hansard, the official record, was allowed to give verbatim coverage of what had been said by representatives. This restriction was lifted, and over time we’ve been given…

The House of Lords needs to go, but it still has a job to do while it’s here

That image is from the latest Private Eye, but it’s echoing something that’s been all over the right wing of the internet in the last few days, as a harrumph of commentators and keyboard warriors have declared themselves to be shocked beyond all…

“Independent-minded” Will Quince watch: Tampon Tax

Another week in Parliament which means another week where our “independent-minded” MP has steadfastly agreed with whatever the whips tell him to do. This included Monday’s vote on the “Tampon Tax” (removing VAT from women’s sanitary products), but he’s provided a detailed explanation…

Replacing the Lords with an elected Senate – how I’d do it

As madcap, back-of-an-envelope schemes to reform the Lords are all the rage right now, I thought I’d use the opportunity to set out how I’d reform it. I may have done that before on this blog, but why not set it out once…

Will Quince: Is our MP at all “independent-minded”?

Back during the General Election our then Conservative candidate said this to the local paper: Which of your parties specific policies do you LEAST agree with? Will Quince (CONSERVATIVE): “I PLEDGE to be an independent-minded MP and will always put my constituents first.…

Labour need to learn the Parliamentary lessons of the 90s

One defining feature of Parliament for the last eighteen years has been the size of the Government’s majority: the massive majorities of Tony Blair’s first two terms followed by the smaller, but still easily workable, majorities of Labour’s third term and the coalition.…

The Lib Dems should be radical in any appointments to the Lords

Mark Pack has news of a call for any Lib Dem appointments to the House of Lords to be used to bring more diversity to the Upper House. However, I’m reminded of a suggestion I made a couple of years ago, and want…

Solving the problems of the House of Lords and political party funding at the same time

So, the last time I wrote about the House of Lords, it didn’t spark a widespread movement to abolish it, and from the look of this year’s election manifestos, there’ll be no attempt to do so over the next few years. Which means…

The failure of the attempt to dump Bercow: some thoughts

If you haven’t yet heard, the Government’s hastily introduced motion to change the way the Speaker is re-elected was defeated in the Commons by 228 votes to 202 after a debate of around an hour.It was quite an extraordinary debate to watch as…

What do the Lib Dems gain from stabbing Bercow in the back?

Like the last day of school, the last day of a Parliament is usually quite a relaxed place with plenty of time given over for retiring members to give valedictory speeches, while the last bits of business are cleared up. Given that we…

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