Tag Archives: IPSA

A First class Parliament


There are real risks of missing the big picture when we start measuring details too much, but as Jane and Michael Banks were told in Mary Poppins, even small amounts of money have the potential to change the world if … Continue reading

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Empty gesture Politics


A local MP has published on social media how he will determine which charities should benefit from his largesse of giving away this years pay rise. Up and down the country other MPs will be making similar gestures. Perhaps some … Continue reading

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A brief moment of sanity


I wrote in September with a suggestion that Parliament meets in a building where MPs are seated in a circular fashion. My proposal was in part based on the fact that the Palace of Westminster needs to be thoroughly refurbished … Continue reading

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Lets finish the reform


The decision by MPs to hand decisions about their remuneration to a committee known as IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) is one we should all support, no matter how unpalatable their judgment seems at the moment. Their remit is broader than simply … Continue reading

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Conflicted Interests


Wednesday was one of the 20 days in the year when the opposition party gets to set the agenda and debates for Parliament as a whole. Any attempt to change the law will not be easy as it depends on winning … Continue reading

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Is it time for political disarmament?


This weekend the Sunday Politics programme revealed several issues of note. As I wrote yesterday an interview with Angela Eagle disclosed that the Labour Party and by implication other parties still have expectations that there will be a major renaissance in party membership. It … Continue reading

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Payments By Results – Parliamentary Style


The debate about MPs pay and rations is inevitably focusing on the money, but perhaps we need to try to step back and focus on value. About 10 years ago I took my car to a garage for an MOT … Continue reading

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