I like this consultation by the Italian government, on constitutional reform. It’s a technical issue, so they’ve provided two options – a five minute questionnaire, and a twenty minute one. The five minute questionnaire says: “You don’t need to be
This row over the Scottish referendum is going to be fascinating. From a wonkish perspective, I almost hope that they don’t settle it before it goes to court. It’s a classic “law vs. politics” clash, as you can tell from
He would definitely have wanted a national referendum on the Nutmeg (Weights and Measures) (Supplementary Provisions) Order. Image via Wikipedia I haven’t been following the debate on the EU Referendum Bill (aka the Glorious Patriotic Union Jack Eternal Triumph of
“The blogosphere is not an area that is open to sensible debate; it is dominated by the obsessed and the fanatical and we will get crazy ideas coming forward.” Paul Flynn MP, quoted in a recent BBC article on the possibility
The Localism Bill yesterday. Image via Wikipedia The Hansard Society are holding an event this evening launching a new report called Making Better Law (tag on Twitter is #betterlaw). The report appears to make sensible recommendations about the process of
Iain Dale has an interview with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today. As you might expect, it’s not exactly hard-hitting, but Pickles is given a bit of space to set out his ideas, and the changes he wants to bring about in local government. In answer to a question about council leadership models (mayors, cabinets or committees) he responds:
Here’s a bad argument about the reform of the House of Lords: “Does the ‘Big Society’ include bishops in the Lords?“.
I don’t want to be mean to Paul Woolley, director of Theos, whose argument it is, but it is pretty much identical to every other argument against full democratic reform of the Lords. It runs “democracy isn’t just about electoral mandates, it’s about [people I agree with] having a say over legislation”.
Image by Getty Images via @daylife Here’s a bad argument about the reform of the House of Lords: “Does the ‘Big Society’ include bishops in the Lords?“. I don’t want to be mean to Paul Woolley, director of Theos, whose
Welcome to this week’s Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly in the week of the Queen’s speech various thinktanks responds to their
Image via Wikipedia The Government’s self-interested plan to gut the traditional motion of no confidence might gain the status of memorable first flap of the new administration – with a constitutional principle in the role of Bernie Ecclestone. The proposal,