UK Quietly Does Away With Parliament
News sources in the in the UK have been reporting on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which would, in The Guardian's words, "...rip the heart out of parliamentary democracy" by giving government ministers the power to make law without submitting anything to the legislature. And interestingly this is not the first time such a bill has been introduced. This one comes on the heels of the 2004's Civil Contingencies Act, another bill that expanded ministerial power at the expense of Parliament.
Scary stuff. Though the opposition parties are starting to challenge Labour over their attempted power grab.
Looks that way Kathleen, but to address Windspike's point about the GOP Playbook, Labour appears to be trying to put the force of law behind this move. Bu$hCo wouldn't bother. They'd just subvert the law and then try to classify their actions to keep them out of the public eye.
Blair and Co. seem to want to enshrine this nonsense out of a sense of paternalism. In other words, "Trust us, we know what's best. No need to involve Parliament." This to me seems uniquely European.
But Tony is really an equal-opportunity suck up. Remember that his took his initial inspiration to remake Labour from Clinton.
Oh mah gawhd! Satan himself, and on my little blog. Is this my 15 minutes? :-)
We have been running a letter writing campaign for weeks.
There is also a couple of sites dedicated to the bill.