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Opinion: Lib Dem MPs must vote against the health reforms – not for health, but for democracy

Lately, we have heard much about Andrew Lansley’s proposed reforms of the NHS, both from within the party and without.

Grassroots site ‘Conservative Home’ writer Tim Montgomerie came out in opposition to the bill, calling it ‘unnecessary and unpopular’. Lansley’s supporters have been less professional in their counter-briefing.

Lib Dems on all sides are throwing their all in to the debate about the biggest shake up to our health service in decades. I’ve found it difficult to have an opinion on either side – so as the debate has flamed around me, i’ve noticed a trend that I find very

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LibLink: Mark Pack – The secret concessions behind the 1911 Parliament Act

Before he departed for his blogging holiday, The Voice’s Mark Pack had an interesting piece on the Total Politics site looking at the 100-year history of the 1911 Parliament Act.

Here’s an extract from Mark’s piece:

The 1911 Act had its immediate cause in the 1909 People’s Budget from Liberal Chancellor of the Exchequer, David Lloyd George, which raised taxes for the richest to pay for military armaments and social works. As he put it:

“This is a war Budget. It is for raising money to wage implacable warfare against poverty and squalidness.”

The sums now seem modest – including the equivalent in today’s

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Moving to an elected second chamber – a loss of expertise, or just privilege?

August 2011 is the centenary of the Parliament Act, the supposedly stop gap measure to regulate relations between the two houses of parliament until an elected House of Lords could be created. The fact that we are still fighting for a democratic second chamber means it is all too easy to lose sight of the debates about what we want the second chamber to actually do. Unlock Democracy wants a fully elected second chamber capable of scrutinising and revising legislation as well as delaying it where necessary. It should be a deliberative chamber that builds on the …

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  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 28th Jun - 4:26am
    "Liberal DEMOCRATS. Have we forgotten what the second word in our name actually means? It means accepting the decision of the majority, even if we...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 28th Jun - 4:07am
    Roland is right: the referendum was advisory. The flaw in David-1's analogy is that if you're in somoene else's house and they tell you to...
  • User AvatarMark Goodrich 28th Jun - 2:24am
    Indeed, fair and I am glad that Lib Dem Voice chose to publish my thoughts on Saturday.
  • User AvatarDavid-1 28th Jun - 2:19am
    @Roland: In contradiction of your suggestion that my "memory has been confused," I offer the very clear words of the Foreign Secretary on the 25th...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 28th Jun - 1:45am
    I agree Katharine. We have just experienced a democratic revolution which has shown us how divided our nation actually is. Some people registered to vote...
  • User AvatarLeave EU 28th Jun - 1:29am
    @David-1 - "don't play with fire" comes to mind re: ignoring the DEMOCRATIC result (at least politically) - Prime Minister Farage?