Lords’ defeat prompts descent into farce

Their unexpected defeat on the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill plunged Government business managers in the House of Lords into a series of farcical manoeuvres.
They initially – like the band on the Titanic playing on after the iceberg had been struck – tried to pretend that nothing had happened and insisted that the House should debate an amendment on transitional arrangements. Even though the amendment referred to a structure that had been taken out of the Bill, it took three adjournments and statements by the Government Chief Whip and then by the Leader of the House before it was decided – two and a half hours after the original defeat – to stop considering the Bill for the evening to allow the Government time to reflect what it intends to do next.

2 thoughts on “Lords’ defeat prompts descent into farce”

  1. Careful Toby!

    Clegg is threatening to “balance” the eduction in elected members of the House of Commons by reductions in the Lords via lottery

    As yet more unwatchable TV is not welcome I have entered a bid for a “Mystery Gunner” method a la Monty Python to enliven the proceedings Or not

    Elect the lords!

  2. Careful Toby!

    Clegg is threatening to “balance” the reduction in elected members of the House of Commons by cuts in the Lords via lottery

    As yet more unwatchable TV is not welcome I have entered a bid for a “Mystery Gunner” method a la Monty Python to enliven the proceedings Or not

    Elect the lords!

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