We need to get away from the mentality that the sign of ministerial virility is getting a ‘big Bill’ through Parliament. Contributing to the problem is the turnover in ministers. A new minister comes in, gets a Bill through Parliament – and political success is measured in terms of enacting a measure rather than its consequences – and then moves on, to be followed by another minister who introduces a new Bill, and so on. David Cameron could contribute to less legislation by keeping ministers in place for longer and making it clear that Royal Assent is a means to an end and not a end in itself.
What we need is good legislation, not lots of rushed legislation. As I said in debate in the Queen’s Speech, it is better to be right than rushed.