Magazine article The Spectator

The Self-Preservation Society

Magazine article The Spectator

The Self-Preservation Society

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How quickly Nick Clegg is adapting to government doublespeak. He hailed a radical constitutional reform programme this week and declared that he is 'taking away the government's right to throw out parliament'. The reverse, in fact, is true.

The coalition government proposes changing the constitution so it takes 55 per cent of MPs - rather than a straight majority - to force a general election, and all in the name of 'stability'. This is understandable, but wrong.

David Cameron is anxious about being at the mercy of the Lib Dems. They may well switch their allegiance to the Labour party when it suits them to call an election. But to rig the British constitution to stop these parties doing a deal together (other parties have 53 per cent of the vote between them) is unacceptable. If the Labour party were to try such a trick, there would be justifiable outrage from Conservatives. …

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