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British bloggers defeat Tony?

Critics force climbdown on Bill for a 'British dictatorship' - Newspaper Edition - Times Online

THE Government has backed down over the so-called "dictatorship Bill", which would have allowed ministers to bypass parliamentary scrutiny.
This comes after trenchant criticism from a cross-party group of MPs, peers and senior lawyers, including six Cambridge law professors, who gave warning in a letter to The Times that it would allow the Government to rewrite almost any Act.

The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill, which the Government said would help to cut red tape, also provoked a grassroots revolt when nearly 2,000 people signed up to a Save Parliament campaign.
Jim Murphy, the Cabinet Office Minister responsible for the Bill, has now indicated that he will amend the legislation to make clear "beyond doubt" that it will be used only to tackle red tape, known as better regulation.

As noted before the campaign started after : ""Daniel Finkelstein of The Times, and a couple more " journalists wrote about this bill - Daniel Finkelstein was alerted to it by Tim Worstall so kudos to him and the rest of the British Bloggers who kick started the campaign and kept the pressure on.


A unique political phenomenon is the newly launched Voters Revolt website - www.votersrevolt.org.uk - a grassroots initiative without leaders. It is aiming to give a focus to the wave of resentment building up in the UK against an arrogant political establishment that ignores the views of ordinary people and threatens to end our democracy. Have a look at it.

Let's not take our eyes off the ball on this one! A statement from one the current crop of sleazy weasels infesting Westminster isn't worth much, as experience has shown.
What precisely is the "indication", and what written record is there of it available for public scrutiny?
Will the bill now specifically prohibit its own use in amending or abolishing Magna Carta, The Bill of Rights, habeus corpus, and other ancient rights we currently stand to lose?

I guess this 'review' was planned all along - so that any dilute versions they now release will appear tame by comparison to the original. We need to keep the pressure up until the bill is so watered down that it would never have caused offense - even without however many incarnations and sagas have preceded it.

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