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The Lib Dems jostle for airtime

1 May 2012 15:23

Yep, they’re inescapable, those Lib Dems. Even when the airwaves are dominated by Rupert Murdoch and Tom Watson, they’re there in the background, quietly adding to the day’s pile of… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — 26 April 2012

26 April 2012 9:01

Here, CoffeeHousers, is this week’s episode of The View From 22 podcast. Thank you for the continued feedback, we’ve tried to take as much as possible into account. In this… Continue reading

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The House of Lords Makes No Sense; Which is Why it Works

24 April 2012 13:40

Of all the cockamamie ploys favoured by this government, House of Lords reform is close to being both the most pointless and the most aggravating. Iain Martin hints at this… Continue reading

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Cameron needs results that match his words

23 April 2012 10:21

Further to James’s post on the Cameron interview, here’s what jumped out at me: 1. ‘Governments have difficult months. This government came together to dig this country out of the… Continue reading

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Cameron tries to return to the big picture

23 April 2012 9:05

David Cameron is out doing the media rounds today. He wants to, in his words, get back to the ‘big picture’, the argument over deficit reduction. Indeed, Danny Alexander’s speech… Continue reading

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Clegg stands firm against Lords referendum

22 April 2012 16:16

In his interview with Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics, Nick Clegg argued against a referendum on Lords reform on the grounds that the three main parties all agree on… Continue reading

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How would the House of Lords be elected?

21 April 2012 12:18

In the debate over House of Lords reform, the Lib Dems are trying to say that they favour an elected House of Lords and anyone who opposes them is a… Continue reading

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From the archives: Lords reform could kill the coalition

20 April 2012 18:53

Why is Lords reform such an explosive issue? The subject should induce narcolepsy, but even loyal Tories are threatening to launch a rebellion against it that will make the Maastricht revolts look like child’s play.… Continue reading

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Cameron remains adamant on Lords reform

20 April 2012 13:38

Despite last night’s threats, David Cameron remains personally committed to the cause of reforming the House of Lords. The coalition is also resisting calls for a referendum on the reforms,… Continue reading

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The depth of Tory feeling over Lords reform

19 April 2012 18:12

What should worry David Cameron about tonight’s meeting of the 1922 Committee on Lords reform was that it was not just the usual suspects who spoke out against it. The… Continue reading

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Let’s move the Lords to Manchester

18 April 2012 14:03

Andrew Adonis, one of the policy brains of the Blair government and now seated in the House of Lords, has a letter in tomorrow’s edition of the Spectator responding to… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems vote ambiguously on the Health Bill

11 March 2012 10:50

The motion passed by Liberal Democrat conference this morning means that the party is neither supporting nor opposing the Health Bill. The rebels having lost the vote on whether or… Continue reading

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What’s going on over the Lords — and where to read about it

27 February 2012 9:30

Finally, Lords reform becomes interesting: it could be the issue that splits the coalition. Lord Oakeshott’s admission of this yesterday has made the newspapers today — but it will come… Continue reading

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The ruckus over Lords reform

25 February 2012 13:38

Both the Tory and Lib Dem manifestoes promised to reform the House of Lords, as did the Coalition Agreement, but the gulf in enthusiasm between the two parties is enormous.… Continue reading

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The government will have to fight for Lords reform

5 February 2012 16:16

House of Lords reform is one of those subjects that make most people’s eyes glaze over. But it is going to dominate the next parliamentary session. The Queen’s Speech will… Continue reading

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Some numbers to encourage both halves of the coalition

30 January 2012 12:25

Yesterday’s YouGov poll for the Sunday Times had a few interesting nuggets buried beneath the top line (Lab 40, Con 39, as it happens). Here are some of the most… Continue reading

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A defeat that delights the Tories

23 January 2012 22:11

Rarely can a government have been so pleased to have been defeated. The Tories are, privately, delighted that the Lords have voted to water down the benefit cap, removing child… Continue reading

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Where will the Welfare Reform Bill go from here?

12 January 2012 9:40

Yep, it’s that battle over ‘fairness’ again. Labour peers, along with a decent scattering of Lib Dems and independents, believe that some of the government’s money-saving welfare measures are unfair… Continue reading

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The scale of Clegg’s Lords challenge

6 January 2012 16:38

Tucked away on page 15 of today’s Times, there’s an insightful story about Lords reform (£) by Roland Watson. And it’s insightful not just for the new information it contains,… Continue reading

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Clegg tries to reassure his troops

28 December 2011 12:12

Only a few weeks ago, a statement from Nick Clegg in firm support of the coalition wouldn’t have been noteworthy at all. It’s just what he, as Deputy Prime Minister,… Continue reading

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We can’t ignore the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

23 December 2011 11:14

William Hague has transformed the Foreign Office in his 18 months in charge. He inherited a system hardwired with the dynsfunctionality of the Labour years, and it’s almost fixed. But… Continue reading

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Clegg sets out his stall for 2012

19 December 2011 16:23

Under cover of discussing the Open Society and its enemies, Nick Clegg today set out his personal agenda for the next year of this government. Indeed, Clegg’s speech to Demos… Continue reading

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Lords at loggerheads

15 November 2011 16:57

It’s not every day a video of House of Lords business goes viral, but over the last couple of days that’s exactly what we’ve seen. Here it is, for any… Continue reading

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How Lansley won over the Lords

13 October 2011 19:29

As Ben Brogan wrote this week, the House of Lords is threatening to become one of the biggest obstacles to the coalition’s reform agenda. But the way in which the… Continue reading

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Lansley’s real fight

13 October 2011 9:21

Yesterday was a rare good day for Andrew Lansley: the Health Bill survived its trial in the House of Lords. But there are no fanfares in this morning’s press for the… Continue reading

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