On what basis would they then be prevented from appearing in pornography? Should they then not be tried as adults and sent to adult prisons? And so on.
By accepting that 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland could vote on their future during the Scottish referendum, we undermined the case for not extending the franchise further.
Afua Hirsch recounts her inability, as a person of mixed race, to feel she truly belongs in either Britain or Ghana.
It would be a huge waste to spend huge sums restoring the body of Westminster whilst decanting – probably permanently – its spirit.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
Even had he been found completely guilty of all allegations, it still wouldn’t be acceptable for the police in misuse their powers in this way.
“Labour: wrong, wrong, wrong,” May declared at Prime Minister’s Questions.
They will “come into force after the conclusion of the implementation period”, the Prime Minister told the Commons.
Parliament is not, should not be and probably cannot be a faithful reflection of the flux that confuses us in daily life.
From the original raid through to the attempt by former officers to bring down a Government minister on moralising grounds, this is an unedifying picture.
The Defence Secretary made the remark in his first Commons outing in his new role.
“I’ve never voted against my Party in my life. We’re going through a normal part of the Bill process… I have strongly held views on certain things.”
The guts of this Bill is about converting EU law, as it applies in the UK, into statute law as neatly as possible, creating the minimum of disruption. That is all.
In the best of all worlds, standards would be upheld voluntarily. But in the world we have, we seem to need rules – and sometimes to extend them.
Plus: How many letters has Brady had? The tragedy of the death of Carl Sargeant. And: introducing my new podcast with Jacqui Smith.