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.
Posts Tagged: House of Commons (general)
It would be a huge waste to spend huge sums restoring the body of Westminster whilst decanting – probably permanently – its spirit.
“Labour: wrong, wrong, wrong,” May declared at Prime Minister’s Questions.
WATCH: May – We will be “negotiating and…signing trade deals” during the Brexit implementation period
They will “come into force after the conclusion of the implementation period”, the Prime Minister told the Commons.
Nicky Morgan: Threats, intimidation, violence, and trolling. Something is rotten in the state of our democracy.
Those who turn a blind eye to MPs being labelled mutineers are playing with a fire which will eventually consume them too.
Plus: We’ll never know the truth about the rebels’ motives. If you have fewer MPs, you must also have fewer Ministers. And: doesn’t Steve Baker have a fine head of hair?
WATCH: “I’ve always seen two per cent as a base” for defence spending, not a ceiling, says Williamson
The Defence Secretary made the remark in his first Commons outing in his new role.
Bernard Jenkin: Conservatives will have no patience with MPs who seek to wreck the EU Withdrawal Bill
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.
No, the Government is not on the verge of collapse. Only Tory MPs can currently force its demise. Which they shouldn’t.
Its poll rating is 40 per cent or so, the economy is growing, and an election isn’t due until 2022. A sense of perspective is essential – for all the Government’s weaknesses.
The Foreign Secretary seeks to clarify his remarks.
Nicky Morgan: Not appointing the first woman Chief Whip last week was a missed opportunity to demonstrate change
This means not bullying people into voting for the Government, and not making grown men and women cry.
Most Tory MPs are male. Some don’t want a new complaints procedure – let alone two. Many feel vulnerable. This initiative brings new perils for the Prime Minister.
If the standard is as it now appears to be, May will have difficulty finding enough male Ministers to replace all those she will be required to sack.