Tag Archives: referendums

Do we need a ‘written’ constitution?

Calls for a ‘written’ constitution for the UK are being increasingly heard.  Before addressing the argument, there are two preliminary points that need to be made.  First, most of our constitution is written.  It is embodied in a range of … Continue reading

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More on referendums

Last week, I was speaking in the chamber on successive days.  On Wednesday, I introduced motions to take note of two reports from the Constitution Committee on the legislative process and the following day spoke in a QSD (Question for … Continue reading

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A time for serious debate…

The Supreme Court has issued its judgment in the Miller case and the Government have introduced the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.  Those are statement of facts.   The judgment and the consequences are much debated.  The problem is that … Continue reading

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Dispelling myths….

As regular readers will know, I have variously taken issue with claims that are incorrect, but which have continued to be recycled by commentators.  I suspect the problem is exacerbated nowadays by the fact that commercial pressures and a 24-hours … Continue reading

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Debating referendums

Yesterday, in both the the morning and the afternoon, I attended evidence-taking sessions of an inquiry being undertaken by the All-Party Group on Drug Policy Reform.  The sessions, like others last month, were extremely illuminating, highlighting the problems faced by … Continue reading

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The case against referendums

This evening I took part in a panel, organised by the Hansard Society, to discuss referendums.  I stood in at short notice for the Hansard Society Chair, Peter Riddell, who could not make it.  By short notice, I mean shortly … Continue reading

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Referendums, referenda

During debates on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill, one or two peers insisted on saying referenda rather than referendums.  I suspect the same will happen when we debate the European Union Bill.  However, referendum is one of those rare gerunds for … Continue reading

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