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Protesting: What’s it good for?

The government’s new public order bill has passed through the commons – that illustrious ‘mother of parliaments’ which has given us such hits as The clown’s nightmare before Christmas and How to tank an economy in 80 minutes. It is now at the committee stage in the House of Lords. Quite how it has managed […]

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There is no need for MPs to be returning to Westminster

I find myself in a rather odd position right now. Yesterday Westminster voted 350-258 to end all virtual proceedings and force MPs to return to the House of Commons on 2 June in order to resume business as normal. Usually this would be a great thing, in fact I slated the government for trying to […]

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In chaotic times, we welcome Bercow’s call to order

Order. ORDER. The thundering call for calm which has seeped into the public sphere. It’s source? John Bercow, who last week announced he will stand down as Speaker of the House of Commons at the close of parliamentary proceedings on the 31st of October. For a man so theatrically inclined, the dramatics of his departure […]