COMMENT – How does Cameron claim to bind the next parliament ? Furthermore are we expected to believe the deceitful treacherous turd.
Viscount Cranborne: I apologise for interrupting the noble Lord when he is in full flow. What makes the noble Lord think that it would be possible for this Government’s statement of intention, not even expressed in legislation, to bind subsequent governments?
Lord Carter: No Parliament can bind its successor. I shall return to that point; it is central to the argument.
On the general point, the proposals for reform of the House of Lords have produced a veritable upsurge and an interest in constitutional change and in novel constitutional ideas: fixed term Parliaments; constitutional safeguards; the proposal of the noble Viscount, Lord Cranborne, for reform of the other place. As I said in an earlier debate on this subject, the thought process of the Conservative Party in this area owes rather more to Rip van Winkel than to Socrates.
The constitutional safeguard that we have now is not the presence of hereditary Peers in this House. It is the Septennial Act as amended by the Parliament Act. I shall return to that point in replying to the amendment tabled by the noble Earl, Lord Perth.
It makes you laugh. How many promises has he made already. Will anyone believe this next promise mark 6? They would be mad if they did. By 2017, Britain’s democracy will be even more of a sham than it is now. Any referendum of such importance will be manipulated to bring the right result, just as it is being delayed into a period by when it will hardly matter.
AND MORE LAUGHS TOO FROM NICK CLEGG –
REMEMBER THIS OLD GAG!!!!
IT’S THE COMMON PURPOSE DUO’S OLDEST NUMBER, AND IT”S STILL PLAYING ACROSS THE LAND..