Friday, 13 November 2009

This could be a turning point...

Something monumental could be about to happen in Westminster that will affect the country for years to come.

Ten days from now a report will be published that could dramatically change the way Government works.

You will have noticed that the word “could” slipped into both of those sentences, the little blighter.

The Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons – it’s interesting, don’t stop reading – was appointed in the summer to consider and report on four specified matters:

• The appointment of members and chairmen of select committees

• The appointment of the chairman and deputy chairmen of 'Ways and Means', involved in parliamentary procedure

• Scheduling business in the House of Commons

The MPs who sit on the reform committee that I've spoke to are all adamant that a big power transfer is needed.

They are likely to say that the power to do the above should be taken from Government and given to Parliament.

They will also report on the possibility of the public being able to initiate business in the House.

If their recommendations are adopted it could mean much more ferocious scrutiny of policy and ministers, which is desperately needed if Parliament is to re-establish itself.

Watch this space.

6 comments:

Oldrightie said...

I wouldn't hold your breath. Nice spot, though.

lenko said...

Have I missed something? I know I'm a bit of a thicko, but where's the fourth "specified matter"?

Lobbydog said...

@lenko "They will also report on the possibility of the public being able to initiate business in the House."

lenko said...

So... it's confirmed then.... I AM a thicko. Oh well, better stand for Parliament at the next election.

Sorry!

Lobbydog said...

We all get a bit slow this end of the week.

Eva Jo Frogster said...

Can they please grant me an angel to sort me out as one of the victims that the United Kingdom has seen in the past 124 years and protect people better from criminal harm in the next 124 years than the state has managed in the past 124 years.

My MP is doing as much for me as he can. And by the way the Ministers haven't successfully sorted out the issues with forced adoptions. See the work of John Hemming MP, and his company 'Justice for Families Ltd'.

This is the song "Gordon Brown an Angel"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCEWhEuhRoo

Brahms Lullaby

Gordon Brown! Gordon Brown!
Will you be my angel?
Guardian angel is what I meant
Will you rescue my soul?

For you are in charge
Of these people I wrote to
Stephen Timms, Jack Straw
Let me place my trust in you

Gordon Brown! MP’s!
Let me sing out loud
For what you do, for my country
For my reproductive system

You right wrongs! My right’s been wronged
I am desperate for you
Not just you! There’s Jon Herring
I’m a violated woman

Gordon Brown, help me sleep!
Help me sleep like a baby
Will my babies ever come out?
Maternal desires!
I lost my womanhood
In a sinister curse
Gordon Brown! Bring it back!
You are perfect for that!

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