The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has just gone through a disastrous episode over the Scottish referendum No campaign, for a reason which says much more about the CBI than it does about the Scottish independence campaign. The CBI is, ostensibly, a worthy lobbying organisation representing industrial and wider private sector employers. Its name suggests.. read more →

The Head of the Royal Navy today has some stern words to say today about how Scottish independence would damage UK maritime security.  Here are a few quick and perhaps rather obvious points in response. First, what happens to UK and Scottish maritime security should Scots vote for independence would depend on extensive political negotiations.. read more →

The meeja don’t seem sure what to make of Nigel Evans’ acquittal this week – I presume the ‘Westminster gay predator’ stuff was good to go so they just cracked on with it anyway. Last night, Channel 4 News managed to run a whole piece on the subject of how MPs’ staff don’t have meaningful.. read more →

09 Apr 2014
April 9, 2014

Official oversight of MPs’ work

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Maria Miller’s departure today raises the interesting question of whether the UK will now see, in effect, officials given full powers to ‘oversee’ the work of MPs. This seems to be the general run of argument in the press. The chair of the parliamentary expenses body (IPSA) Sir Ian Kennedy, argued last week that MPs.. read more →

The story about Maria Miller MP, UK Culture and Media (DCMS) Secretary, has inevitably moved onto Capital Gains Tax today. I’ve found her an exceptional minister when it comes to ministerial replies on constituency issues, actually, and it seems a shame she’s been caught up in the tricky area of the byzantine House of Commons.. read more →