Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Fears raised on ministers' power

The Legislative and Regulatory Bill is scaring a lot of people online, it's one of the tipping point moments. BBC News has finally covered it:
For the Tories Ken Clarke said it could "sweep away parliamentary procedure and debate on an astonishing scale".

But minister Jim Murphy insisted the bill would have safeguards built in.
And from an anonymous comment, I'm pointed at Rob Knight's post from Sunday, which I must've missed when I was there yesterday. Go read. If nothing else, EU-Serf's comment there about the need for cross-party opposition to this is something I wholeheartedly endorse.


Simon Hodges said...

I wrote to my (Labour) MP, Gavin Strang, asking if he could take action on the Leg Reg Ref Bill. That was 9 days ago, I have received nothing in reply. Isn't there a limit on how long they're meant to take?

Anonymous said...

I understand the built in safeguards are that the government promise, really, truly, honestly, that they'll never do anything naughty.

So that's all right then.

MatGB said...

Pete, preceisely my concerns. Not a manifesto commitment, the lords will shred it, unless I've missed it; reading that turgid tome was hard work the first time.

Fluffy? They have no obligation to reply at all. You should feel free to shout from the rooftops that they fail to do so as well.