The new ‘Minister for Intergovernmental Relations’ points one way, Boris Johnson’s flagship constitutional legislation the other.
Posts Tagged: Constitution and democracy
It’s absurd to demand the right to force Scotland into lockdown when you need the British Treasury to pay for it.
Henry Hill: The UK Internal Market Act empowers Johnson to take the fight to Sturgeon on drugs policy
Whilst the First Minister flirts with illegal ‘shooting galleries’, the Government can step in to support the rehab beds Scotland really needs.
Allegra Stratton’s interventions seem more like those of a minister than a mere mouthpiece of Boris Johnson.
Henry Hill: Sunak must always remember that the Treasury is one of the few truly British departments
As Chancellor, he has almost unique scope to make the presence of the UK felt in people’s lives throughout the country. That carries risks.
One can’t plead both ‘our inter-connected United Kingdom’ against English Votes and ‘the spirit of devolution’ against Ukima.
Andrew Bowie: Why this Conservative and Unionist government is right to scrap English Votes for English Laws
Let’s have more devolution in England – to our regions and localities. But let us not divide even further down national lines.
Henry Hill: Unionists’ court defeat shows scale of the challenge Johnson faces as ‘Minister for the Union’
Whilst the Prime Minister told the Commons he had not repealed part of the Act of Union, his lawyers argued otherwise in court.
The threat of Scottish independence. Is it business as usual? First, pre-election panic. Then the vote. And finally…back to complacency.
Some of the measures announced so far are popular, but there is frustration at the slow pace and lack of coherence.
Like it or not, there is a trade-off between maximal accountability and effective government decision-making.
The process of leaving brutally exposed some of the UK’s shortcomings. But a Remain vote would have hid them, not solved them.
Henry Hill: If Wales is last to unlock, will Welsh business pay the price for our disjointed approach to Covid-19?
When the rules are set in Cardiff Bay and the tab is picked up in London, there are lots of cracks to fall through.
The Australian trade deal – and others in future. We should be very wary of letting the legislature usurp the Government’s prerogatives.
The proper way for Parliament to oversee executive functions is to delegate them to a Cabinet it trusts to discharge them.
Snap guide to this session’s Government legislation 3) The dissolution and calling of Parliament Bill
Our introduction to: what each Bill is, the politics of it, who’s responsible, arguments for and against – and a controversy rating out of ten.
He proposed a limit was placed on the number of life peers that could be created. Much criticism of the House of Lords could have been spared.