During a debate in the House of Lords this evening, the government offered concessions to Ulster Unionist peers, Lord Rogan and me, on the RHI Bill. It was clear that there was widespread concern in the House about the government’s handling of the issue so far, with peers from all sides expressing their dissatisfaction at the joining together of the setting of the regional rate with the setting of new tariffs for RHI users. Northern Ireland minister, Lord Duncan of Springbank, offered an upgraded package of measures to compensate boiler users other than that previously announced.He said that a special unit will be set up in the Department of the Economy, under an independent chair. The chair will not come from the civil service. All matters pertaining to the individual case will be taken into consideration, including what funds were borrowed by boiler users based on the guarantees they were given by a former minister. I welcome the fact that Lord Duncan said he would put all … [Read more...] about Lord Empey: There is widespread concern in the House of Lords over the government’s handling of RHI
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0 Have your say Three days before Brexit, an important by-election takes place in the Houses of Parliament, in which just 31 people will be eligible to select three new members from a shortlist of 14 male candidates. If that seems a tad undemocratic even by archaic Westminster standards, I should add that it’s an election for new members of the House of Lords. So that’s alright then.Yes, who cares if the largest unelected chamber in the world outside the People’s Congress of China flouts every civilised idea about representative democracy and lets aristocrats and feudal landowners pick their chums to help run Britain? The answer is a hard truth for believers in Scotland’s continuing submission to the “Mother of Parliament” – no-one with the slightest clout to change things in Britain gives a toss.The story goes like this.Hereditary peers were mostly abolished under reforms by Tony Blair’s government in 1999, but 92 … [Read more...] about Lesley Riddoch: This knuckle-dragging backwardness we pay for in the House of Lords.
Wall Street is bunkering down for a wave of intense scrutiny as a group of progressive Democrats, including social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have joined a powerful House of Representatives committee overseeing banking activities. "It's a huge victory," said Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 the youngest member of Congress and a self-described socialist -- a word that shocks conservatives, who brandish it as a dire threat. "I cannot stress how important this moment is. Dems are putting members who rejected corporate campaign money on a committee overseeing Wall St.," she tweeted. Ocasio-Cortez, often referred to by her initials AOC, will bring public attention to the ordinarily drab committee via her strong social media presence that includes 2.5 million followers on Twitter. Wall Street is trying to figure out the goals of the Democrats, now in charge of the House of Representatives after eight years of control by President Donald Trump's Republicans. While the Senate remains in … [Read more...] about Wall Street wary of progressive Democrats on the House finance committee
THERESA May's Brexit deal has suffered a huge defeat in the House of Lords - just 24 hours before the momentous vote in the Commons. Peers backed by 321 to 152, majority 169, an opposition motion warning the deal would damage the UK's economic prosperity, internal security and global influence. After a marathon three-day debate, the approved motion also urged MPs to "emphatically reject" a no-deal Brexit. The setback for ministers comes a day before the Commons is due to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement hammered out with the EU - as Labour forecasts a humiliating defeat for the Prime Minister. Winding up the debate for the Government, Lord Keen of Elie urged MPs to back Mrs May's deal, warning the alternatives were worse and Parliament must respect the result of the referendum. Lord Keen said a second referendum would be seen by some as a "constitutional outrage", and insisted the 2016 referendum was a "people's vote".BREXIT DEAL SETBACK For Labour, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers huge defeat in the House of Lords just 24 hours before the crunch Commons vote
US Democrats are flexing their muscles as the incoming majority in the House of Representatives, introducing articles of impeachment and even quixotic constitutional amendments even though they have no hope of passing. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) introduced articles of impeachment on the first day of the 2019 Congress, starting with a resolution demanding President Donald Trump be impeached for "threatening, and then terminating" then-FBI Director James Comey in 2017. Reserving the option to introduce more articles later, Sherman told CNN he wanted to be able to "force the conversation on impeachment" when (if?) the Mueller report is released, "challenging" his Democratic colleagues who haven't yet chosen to support Trump's impeachment. Read more Sherman filed the exact same impeachment resolution in 2017 but could only muster one supporter, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), who later filed his own articles of impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) didn't even wait until she was seated as a … [Read more...] about Democrats introduce impeachment articles on 1st day in the House