Too much or too little legislation?

62137Politicians variously complain that there is too much legislation and argue the case for reducing the volume, even having a moratorium on Bills being introduced for a year or two.  At the moment, parliamentarians are complaining that the session is finishing early because there are not many Bills to consider and that the next session will be marked by few Bills being introduced.  The problem is that the two categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive.  ‘There’s too much legislation.  Oh dear, the Government isn’t bringing forward as much legislation as usual.’

Now if it was a case of saying ‘good, there’s not much government legislation, let us instead continue sitting to debate issues of concern and question government’ that would be a different matter…

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Too much or too little legislation?

  1. Perhaps if the two Houses could decide for themselves what their business is, and when they should sit etc, this problem would not arise, as they would be seen, not as the Government’s Parliament, but as the Public’s Parliament, addressing the people’s business…..

    Sorry, got carried away for a moment on one of those utopian fantasies that I was living in a modern, mature and publicly accountable democracy.

    • Lord Norton says:

      barry winetrobe: I am not sure it is that much of a fantasy, much as the Government will resist. Perhaps I should start some agitation in the one House that is self-regulating….

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