The Adam Smith Institute’s new report, Ignorantia Legis, shows the Government how it could stem the bloat of process-focused legislation.
All three PMs did about as well as anyone could in the circumstances, and all three, so far as one can see, are doomed.
The Lord Chancellor post could be returned to the Lords – and once again become both a senior judge and a Cabinet member at once.
It would surely not be hard to amend it to require ministers to seek the Commons’ authorisation more frequently than every six months.
That is why Reform is today calling for a new Civil Contingencies Select Committee, dedicated solely to scrutinising government’s resilience capabilities.
Without passing judgement on the views of another era, it is clear that MPs never envisioned the sort of inflow we have seen in the decades since.
Parliamentary ‘debates’ often devolve into collections of short, unconnected speeches that are basically being read into Hansard. That must change.
A string of polls have found both the SNP falling short of an overall majority and the Union outpolling independence.
Those MPs voting for the Bill today must make clear their intent to improve it later stages – and protect our civil liberties.
Liam Fox has confirmed this week that they are part of the Home Civil Service, and thus answerable to the House of Commons and its Ministers.
The Government can’t deliver levelling up without more supply-side change, localism and public service reform.
A new volume of essays puts special advisers in historical context, and suggests the Cabinet has been marginalised by a succession of over-mighty PMs.
This old-style socialist turns out to be much more of a small-c conservative than his many critics are willing to admit.
The disruption to Parliament from Covid-19 has obscured and delayed the important work of undoing the damage wrought by his Speakership.
It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.