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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Is Democracy Slipping Away in Britain?

From Daniel Finkelstein in The Times (No, not that Times, the one in London):

"Now I know what I am about to tell you is difficult to believe (Why isn't this on the front pages? Where's the big political row?) but I promise you that it is true. The extraordinary Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, currently before the House, gives ministers power to amend, repeal or replace any legislation simply by making an order and without having to bring a Bill before Parliament.

"The House of Lords Constitution Committee says the Bill is 'of first-class constitutional significance' and fears that it could 'markedly alter the respective and long standing roles of minister and Parliament in the legislative process.'"

Go here for the rest of this sad story.

HT: The Corner on NRO