Richard Dawkins wants to revive the Victorian establishment | Andrew Brown

The arch-secularist’s proposal for the House of Lords harks back to a time when the Church of England had biteRichard Dawkins is at it again. He says he wants the bishops out of the House of Lords, which is not a complete surprise. The novelty is that he wants them replaced with elected members of […]
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Queen’s speech: how did last year’s bills fare?

Following are 12 key bills from last year’s Queen’s speech, with an analysis and rating of how much has been achieved1. Energy bill2. Crime and Courts Act3. Communications and data bill4. Lords reform bill5. Succession to the crown bill6. Financial services (banking reform) bill7. Electoral registration and administration bill8. Justice and security bill9. Draft social […]
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Letters: Section 75 debate

The debate on the NHS section 75 regulations in the Lords and the vote on Wednesday should have been reported. By what possible criterion is it not important news? You have good economics coverage, but you also need regular, comprehensive coverage of what is happening to the NHS. This is a big political issue and […]
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Letters: Future of NHS at stake in Lords vote

Liberal Democrats made possible the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. When the “competition” regulations to implement Section 75 of the Act (An engine for destruction, 23 April) appeared in February, their leaders in the Lords were taken aback by the wording and, as on previous occasions, sought reassurance from the same […]
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Lords pass defamation bill

Impending reform introduced by Lords McNally and Lester could end London’s status as ‘libel capital of the world’Laws that led to London being dubbed “the libel capital of the world” will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat peers Lord McNally […]
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George Osborne barters to save flagship workers’ share plan

After second Lords defeat, chancellor offers free legal advice to workers who take shares but surrender employment rightsThe Chancellor was locked in a fight to rescue his plan to offer shares for workers in exchange for abandoning their employment rights, after making last minute concessions. George Osborne was fighting to salvage the scheme, the centrepiece […]
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EU policing and justice opt-out would endanger internal security, Lords warn

Move would risk damaging co-operation between Belfast and Dublin in tacking cross-border crime and terrorism, add peersThe government’s plans to opt out of 130 European policing and criminal justice measures would endanger Britain’s internal security, a House of Lords inquiry has concluded.Peers warn that the move, particularly withdrawing from the European arrest warrant, could attract […]
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Labour makes bid for libel law amendment in Lords

Opposition tables reinstatement of clause in defamation bill to stop corporations using expensive laws to silence criticsThe Labour party is to launch a fresh bid in the Lords next week to stop big businesses from using expensive libel laws to silence their critics.The opposition has tabled a new amendment to the defamation bill, which is […]
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Letters: Make-work-pay economics and poor-law politics

Your editorial (2 April) on the coalition’s squeeze on the welfare budget lacks a conclusion. Alongside your criticisms of coalition policy, you ought to be arguing for a positive alternative: which, following the logic of your argument, is clearly for a larger state, with a higher proportion of national income passing through the state, which […]
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Lords reject inquiry into jobcentre sanctions

Government defeats motion to investigate if managers are being given quotas to get people off benefitsPeers have rejected proposals for an inquiry into whether the Department for Work and Pensions sanctions regime specifically covers whether jobcentre managers are given targets to get people off benefits or sanctioned.The vote took place at 12.54 am on Tuesday, […]
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