Way back in 2006 the then government decided it was going to introduce something called the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act. This was all about giving Ministers more Henry VIII powers.
In effect, a Minister could amend, reform, abolish, any Act they so desired without the consent or leave of Parliament.
I dubbed it the Abolition of Parliament Bill.
I heard about it from Owen Barder, wrote about it and as a result of my piece there was a column in The Times by Danny Finkelstein and from there, well, we can\’t be sure, but it certainly seems that the firestorm of condemnation led to those provisions being dropped.
A timeline is here.
It\’s quite possible to accuse me of rhetorical hyperbolity here but this is, in essence, an attempt to overturn the settlement of the English Civil War.
That it is the Crown in Parliament which is sovereign, not the executive.
The powers they wish to take mean that an order under the Act can amend or repeal any other Act of Parliament without any further action: the law effectively becomes whatever is pronounced by Ministers.
At which point it\’s really rather bugger Vodafone, forget the cuts, the immorality and misery of reducing housing benefits, forcing students to pay for their own education, and time to gird the loins to defend that hard fought for right of all Englishmen.
That the law is what is passed through Parliament, voted upon by those we elect to take care of society\’s scut work for us: not whatever happens to pass, lonely as a cloud, through some Minister\’s synapses on an off day.
Fuck \’em and the Coalition they rode in on quite simply.