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How not to legislate…

The Scotland Bill received its Third Reading in the Lords yesterday.  The Bill is an exercise in how not to legislate. The Government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission.  No limits were set, so when the Commission made … Continue reading

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When is a convention not a convention?

The Government, directly or indirectly, has recently sought to address two conventions of the constitution and to do something about them: in one case, supposedly to enforce the convention and in the other to put it in statute.  In the … Continue reading

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A convention, yet not a convention….

I spoke yesterday in the Second Reading debate on the Scotland Bill.  You can read the speech here.  As you will see, I focused on the first two clauses, not least Clause 2, which seeks to put the Sewel convention … Continue reading

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