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
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
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
This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php
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
From the BBC; The government has officially withdrawn proposed legislation for elections to the House of Lords after admitting defeat over the plans last month.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18032026 Click the link or paste it into your browser.
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
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
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