Westminster is fairly quiet this week. Last week, we had the high drama of the vote in the Commons on the Second Reading of the House of Lords Reform Bill. This week, the Commons has risen for the summer. The House of Lords sits until next Wednesday and is presently the only show in town, which could explain the healthy attendance in the public gallery this morning when the House was debating the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales.
There is, though, something of a duck effect. On the surface, everything is calm. Beneath the surface, there is a fair degree of activity, with the Government having to hold discussions and to decide what to do about Lords reform. The Times this morning reported that the Prime Minister will “advise Nick Clegg in three weeks whether they should drop the Government’s efforts to reform the House of Lords”. The next week or so look like being crucial.