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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 AvatarWilliam Hobhouse 3rd Mar - 7:53pm
    We turned into Wagstaffe Street. My colleague rang the first doorbell. A man answered. 'Good afternoon Mr Wagstaffe', he said.
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 3rd Mar - 7:45pm
    I prayed that Mark Smulian would tell that story and verily my prayers have been answered!!
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 3rd Mar - 7:34pm
    Stuart as well !!! If Simon Shaw now agrees with Stuart Moran, I will know I am dreaming!
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    JohnTilley 3rd Mar '15 - 6:35pm "paul barker 3rd Mar ’15 – 5:35pm Yes you are right." Sorry, I saw the above post in the...
  • User Avatarstuart moran 3rd Mar - 7:19pm
    paul barker well said.....I am all for respecting history but I think your post breaks through some of the flummery!
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    Dav, You are right to argue that electronic voting done from the convenience of an MP's office is too liable to interference by the whip....