The Abolition of Parliament Bill

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.

Now it would seem that the same provisions are back, under the guise of the Public Bodies Bill.

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.

5 thoughts on “The Abolition of Parliament Bill”

  1. On the other hand, it does provide the means of tearing down Labour’s socialist state in a quick and efficient fashion, rather than the years of guerilla warfare required otherwise.

  2. And do you trust them to use these very very wide-ranging powers for ONLY this reason?

    It’s like giving a monkey the keys to the banana plantation….

  3. What Obigato says. Whatever you think the state should ultimately look like, driving a coach and horses through parliament and the rule of law ain’t the way to get there (and it wasn’t under NuLab, and I opposed it under NuLab).

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