The House sits today for swearing in of members (and the Commons for electing the Speaker), so we will begin the process of adapting to a new situation. Apart from parliamentary work, I am in the middle of essay-marking, to be followed by marking exam scripts – and completing a number of academic articles. However, I thought I would do a quick trailer for a couple of forthcoming posts.
I shall be doing a post on Why it is no to proportional representation and an elected second chamber. The reason for the conjunction will be apparent from the post. The principle underpinning the opposition to PR and an elected House of Lords is the same.
I also plan a post on the proposed 55% rule for dissolution. There is clearly considerable confusion as to the coalition proposal for fixed-term Parliaments and for an early election only in the event of 55% of MPs voting for a dissolution motion. Part of the confusion arises from uncertainty as the relationship between votes of confidence and the proposed enhanced majority to trigger a dissolution. I am in the prcoess of looking at the position covering votes of confidence and dissolution in every other national legislature. It’s a demanding exercise, though not as daunting as it may sound: I do have the material on every legislature to hand.
I hope that whets the appetite….