Politics Home is reporting that the Government is to introduce a ‘public reading stage’ before passing bills, so that members of the public can help improve legislation. Anybody will be allowed to make suggestions on a dedicated website, and civil servants will make a report out of the recommendations, which MPs and peers will consider before passing the bill. The leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, said: “By harnessing the experience of crowds our aim is to produce more open and better laws.”; linking to an article in the Times (£).
Do note the phrase “which MPs and peers will consider before passing the bill”, while the quote by George Young is patronizing in the extreme. This is nothing but a blatant attempt to fool the public into thinking that they have an opportunity to influence – and to ‘control’ – government when, as with the previous examples of a recall system for MPs and local referenda, it is nothing of the sort.
No doubt the gullible electorate will swallow this hook, line and sinker. Writing about the ongoing ‘banker crisis’, Janet Daley states:
“……The last thing we need at this point is a revival of the Soviet dream of an economy owned, run and manipulated by the political class, to pitch the whole discussion into a futile diversion.”
to which I would counter by saying that the last thing we need is our country owned, run and manipulated by the political class – which, unfortunately for us, is exactly what we have at the moment.