The capital-mobilising deal maker
13 hours ago
So that power presumably only applies to statutory instruments, which are bits of legislation granting the Crown discretionary powers. Since the discretionary powers granted through statutory instruments are already limited by the primary legislation they are a part of, which the bill would not grant the power to alter, this wouldn't, if I am right, grant huge powers it doesn'talready possess to the Crown....which is very reassuring. A commons select committee, however, gave a directly opposing view:
says Andrew Miller MP. It is heartening that the political machinery is picking up on this one - hopefully it'll fizzle into a harmless bit of misdirected drafting. Nonetheless, it's one to keep an eye on.
"[The bill] provides ministers with a wide and general power that could be used to repeal amend or replace almost any primary legislation"
"Clifford Chance, the world's largest law firm, points out that the Bill "usurps the power of Parliament". In a briefing to clients, it says the only red tape that the Bill would remove is "the red tape of Parliamentary scrutiny for primary legislation".The Bill - to be debated in the Commons today - would give the Government so-called "Henry VIII powers" to amend primary legislation by ministerial order without Parliamentary debate, the firm says."Top marks to Consider Phlebas for actually reading the bill and not joining the hysteria but it does seem that the best place for this bill is the dustbin. Hopefully the level of scrutiny it is receiving will consign it to the archives and Parliament's powers will remain intact.
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Honest and a defender of the innocent.
Tacitly admitting the campaign had been hobbled by the row over bridge tolls -
in fact a matter devolved to the Scottish parliament rather than Westminster
- Mr Darling conceded: "If [people] are concerned about this they vote
against you - whether you're directly responsible for it or not."
It's surely not that Labour might lose. More likely, it's the fear that a
poor showing on his own patch would give rise to doubts about his ability to
pull in the vote—doubts that Mr Brown, in touching distance of realising his
ambition to become prime minister, could do without.
"The law will be strengthened in some very important ways. First of all,
indirect encouragement to acts of terrorism will be made unlawful and
glorification will be mentioned specifically as an example of indirect
incitement to terrorism.
"Secondly, I think it's extremely important - I would be grateful
if you would look again at this position from the point of view of the
Conservative party - we had provisions originally in the bill that would allow
us to proscribe groups who glorify terrorism.
"That has been removed from the legislation in the Lords. I think it is
very important we send a very strong signal out that any group or people who
glorify terrorism in any way at all will be committing a criminal offence and
those groups that rely on glorifying terrorism to attract recruits should not be
able to operate in our society."
"In my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended.