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not such a great victory

So the dust has settled on the election and there’s much commentary on the huge success of David Cameron’s Conservatives. There’s no doubt it came as a surprise – if only because the opinion polls got it so miserably wrong. On the other hand, had there been no opinion polls carried out did anyone really … Continue reading

GE 2015

Includes a decent info graphic on the possible outcomes come Friday… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11583696/hung-parliament-meaning.html

Parliamentary scrutiny – for essay submission…

PLEASE NOTE THE BULLETS AND NUMBERING MAY NOT HAVE TRANSFERRED WHOLLY ACCURATELY FROM MY INITIAL WORD DOC. GET THE ORIGINAL FROM OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM ON THE SHARED AREA. Scrutiny: Parliament examines and challenges the work of the government. Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords use similar methods of scrutiny, although the … Continue reading

Excellent US Politics site – this on committees…

This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php

Cameron loses vote in Commons – sign of trouble ahead?

Copy the link below into your browser if it doesn’t work automatically. It’s not a decisive vote but it again shows that Europe is a “hot potato ” for Conservatives. Government loses vote on EU budget David Cameron fails to persuade enough rebels to back down on demands for a real-terms cut in the EU … Continue reading

Lords reform off the table : trouble for the coalition

From the BBC; The government has officially withdrawn proposed legislation for elections to the House of Lords after admitting defeat over the plans last month.

Plans to make judiciary more diverse in the UK

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18032026 Click the link or paste it into your browser.

So after parliamentary ping pong, the government wins…Quelle surprise!

The BBC link takes up the story of the Welfare Reform Bill, returned to the Commons seven times by the Lords. As ever a determined government prevails… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17204301

Did you know that UK Parliament is now fixed term?

It removes the power of the PM to call an election when he/she sees fit: Read the link: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06111

The House of Lords – ok so its scrutiny is not as effective as the US Senate, but don’t write it off completely!

Any comparison will have the US Senate necessarily on top, but as Cameron’s woes over reform of the NHS & Blair’s failed attempts to detain terrorist suspects for¬†90 days¬†illustrate, the Lords can perform an effective bulwark against government. This booklet (link) is an excellent document. It is worth printing off as it contains excellent facts … Continue reading