Martin Whitlock - political writings 2001-2004

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Constitutional crumble

29 March 2004

A bizarre confrontation between the Commons and the Lords over an obscure bill has wide implications for the way that legislation is reviewed. How much longer can Britain's creaking constitution cope with a government so determined to get its way?


Pick-and-mix justice

8 March 2004

Lord Woolf was right, last week, in his speech in Cambridge, to link the government's constitutional reform plans to the iniquitous clause 11 of the Asylum and Immigration Bill now going through parliament. If they pass un-amended the reform plans can only encourage an authoritarian tendency in the government that the asylum bill plainly reveals.



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