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I may just be a little council house lad from a very poor background but that background gives me a backbone, it gives me a thick skin and I [...]

Filibusters in the House of Commons, part 2

In my first post on this topic, I explained that filibusters are very rare in the Canadian House of Commons because various rules have been [...]

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Something sad has happened when the media consensus can unite with ill-placed self-righteousness, not only temporarily to overwhelm logic bu [...]

Initial thoughts on the Senate Reform Bill

Canada’s Conservative government introduced its legislation to reform the Canada Senate. There are some interesting parallels with the [...]

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The authority of the Chair is no greater than the House wants it to be. When the rules are clear and offer precise guidance to the Speaker, [...]

Filibusters in the Canadian House of Commons

(See follow-up post here.) I discussed the issue of filibusters in a previous post, focusing primarily on the UK House of Lords as it tried [...]

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He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened. – Attributed to Wins [...]

Some interesting links

1. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s appearance before the House of Lords Constitution Committee On 18 May 2011, UK Deputy PM Nick Cl [...]

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The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generati [...]

The media and oral questions

Contemporary mediated democracies may have enlightenment trappings, but in the Twenty-first century Question Time is essentially a media eve [...]
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