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Come Clean with the People ... And Parliament will give you a fair ride!

That’s the message for the government from parliament’s vote on tax cuts.
 
Monday 2nd November: A week is a long time in politics, as Lord McFall notes following the House of Lords rejecting the procedure adopted by the government to get the tax credit cuts through.  The problem for the government was that it sought to avoid a proper parliamentary debate and so emerged with a bloody nose –not on the substance but because it sought to avoid normal channels of debate. Here Lord McFall, who chaired the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee during the last Labour government, reflects on the message from Parliament and the country.
 
There he was, walking tall but now walking small. Yes, indeed, for George Osborne a week has been a long time in Politics. And how did this fall come about?
 
Forget the nonsense of a constitutional crisis, both the speaker of the House of Commons and the distinguished former clerk of the House of Common, Robert Rogers, now Lord Lisvane, have been explicit in stating that the constitutional angle raised by the government is a hullabaloo.

When Parliament Speaks...the Government must listen

When Parliament Speaks ..

…the Government must listen

 

Friday 30th October: This week the House of Lords voted against the government’s proposals for cutting tax credits.

 

A debate in the Commons followed, and a vote was carried with no opposition, backed by MPs of all political colours. The House of Commons thereby sent an unequivocal message to the chancellor: the welfare bill CAN be cut, but without punishing hard work. This was not ‘party political’. Nor was it a vote against welfare cuts or the reform on which all agree. 

 

In this week’s blog The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, who tabled that Commons motion explains how the chancellor can have his cake and eat it. He will be followed next week by Lord McFall, who formerly chaired the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee to explain what lay behind the vote in the Lords, Frank Field writes:

 

A Home of Your Own? Building with Britain

A Home of Your Own?

... Building With Britain

 
Friday 16th October: The Great Housing Crisis and how to solve it pre-occupies both sides of our political spectrum, writes Anthony Coombs, Chairman, S&U PLC and former MP for the Wyre Forest:
 
George Osborne, the Conservative Chancellor, sees solving it as central to his ‘Fixing the Foundations’ programme to boost British productivity. Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, has reintroduced ‘Council Houses’ into the political lexicon as a means of increasing supply.
 
Both views will shortly collide in the parliamentary debate on the Housing Bill. The Conservative Government will introduce measures to promote a greater supply of homes. These will include automatic permissions for building on brown field sites and forcing, or enabling, Councils to make land available for development. Labour will, as usual, bemoan ‘cash starved councils’ deprived of the means to provide housing for the poor.

Sovereignty V Uncertainty?

Friday 9nd October: Whatever the initial uncertainty a Brexit might bring, it won’t be the running sore of uncertainty past present and future. That, says Politeia's Director, Sheila Lawlor, was the message from many MPs meeting in Manchester.
 
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