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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 AvatarNick Thornsby 30th Jun - 1:58pm
    Malcolm Todd - I'd argue it is demonstrably better (in both principle and practice) to insert a further check within the democratic system than to...
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    David-1: We could all club together and vote that you give us money, but that would not mean that you would give a penny. The...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 30th Jun - 1:54pm
    david thorpe "We all elect the leader and the leader decides the policy" (to paraphrase your comment) is not democracy. This is an age-old argument....
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    we need to address a number of myths-The first being that conference make the policy that goes into the manifesto-this is complete nonsense-somehting called the...
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    Besides which, the problem with tuition fees wasn't the policy or even the pledge. It was breaking the pledge as a result of being utterly...
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    And we have one member, one vote about to come in for all federal committee elections. The leader is not elected to make policy. The...
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