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The existence of the House of Lords corrupts our democracy, and it needs to go

Thanks to some fine academic work by Andrew Mell, Simon Radford and Seth Alexander Thevoz, we now have what comes as close as possible to proof that there’s a link between donating large amounts of money to political parties and finding yourself with…

Digital democracy debate: MPs demand hoverboards for all by 2020

They had the Digital Democracy debate in Parliament this morning. This link should take you to a transcript for the rest of today, but I’ll need to go to Hansard in the morning to get a permanent link to it. (UPDATE: Here it…

A ‘digital democracy’ can’t ignore security

This morning, there’ll be a Parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on the report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy. Overall, it’s a good report which you can see here. It proposes some interesting and useful new ideas for opening up Parliament and…

What would it take to have a Tory-Labour coalition government?

It seems that the prospect of some kind of grand coalition is the bad idea that will not die of the moment, probably given an extra burst of unlife by the election campaign having started yesterday despite no one wanting it to. There’s…

There’s been at least one former Prime Minister in Parliament since 1756, but could that end next year?

A thought occurred to me this morning that with Gordon Brown stepping down as an MP at the next election, if David Cameron is re-elected, there’ll be no former Prime Minister in Parliament. There’ll be living former Prime Ministers – John Major, Tony…

Douglas Carswell, ministerial by-elections and things that were obvious in retrospect

While looking around for some background information on the previous post, I found this blog post by Douglas Carswell from 2012 talking about the 1919 Re-Election of Ministers Act, which mostly ended the practice of ministerial by-elections. (They were completely ended by an…

Separating Government and Parliament

Reading this article about how MPs who want to climb the greasy ladder to the Ministerial Jaguar have to toe the line continually in Parliament reminded me of one idea I’d like to see tried to try and free Members of Parliament. We…

An easy opportunity to get more women in Parliament

Following some of the links from the Lib Dem Voice Golden Dozen, I found this post by Richard Morris suggesting names for potential new Lib Dem members of the House of Lords. As I’ve stated many times before, I’d like to see the…

How to ‘refresh’ the Lords

Via Jennie, Michael Crick on how many new peers need to be appointed to make the House of Lords representative of the votes cast at the last election. It’s an absurd number, but then it’s part of an absurd system where people get…

Could you fake an MP?

It’s Monday, and so it’s time for a new week of silly proposals from obscure Tory MPs. First there’s Michael Fabricant batting his eyes enticingly at UKIP, and then there’s this as well: (via) For individuals aged under 25 who have not yet…

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