Tuesday, 19 January 2016


Swathes of significant new legislation - making profound changes to rules on everything from fox-hunting and benefit changes - have been passed since the election without debate on the floor of the House of Commons.
They have been fast-tracked by the Conservatives using "statutory instruments" - parliamentary devices that opponents claim are forcing through contentious laws while minimising any backlash.
Statutory instruments were first introduced at the end of the 1940s as a way of freeing up parliamentary time by allowing procedural changes to laws to be made without a full debate and vote in the Commons. About 3,000 are issued each year.
Their use has been described by the shadow First Secretary of State, Angela Eagle as an attempt to "govern from the shadows" and dominates Tuesday morning's Independent:IF THEY USE STATUTORY POWERS TO RESTRICT OR SCRAP THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT THIS WOULD BE A VERY DICTATORIAL AND DANGEROUS,UNDEMOCRATIC DEVELOPMENT THEY WANT CONTROL OVER EVERYTHING the Labour party should champion scrapping statutory powers in favour of reverting to proper democratic debate