Thursday, April 13, 2006

Govt gives up abolishing Parliament

Jim MurphyThere has been such a public outcry that the government has been forced to back down on the Abolition of Parliament bill:

The government is to write new safeguards into a controversial bill giving ministers sweeping powers to change the law after Labour's chief whip in the Lords warned it would otherwise face defeat.

Critics claimed the legislative and regulatory reform bill would allow the government to change almost any law it wished - even introducing new criminal offences or altering the constitution - without scrutiny.

We shall have to wait and see if the government's amendments are strong enough to ensure the bill is only used for cutting red tape, and not cutting democracy.

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