Thanks for promising to resolve the West Lothian Question, Mr Clegg: now can we see some delivery?

In the annals of quotes to hang politicians by, Nick Clegg let out a real whopper in his speech to the Commons yesterday on Lords reform. Remember this; record it; and wheel it out whenever you’re writing or speaking about the West Lothian Question – it’s a good one.

Mr Clegg said, and I quote:

In a modern democracy it is important that those who make the laws of the land should be elected by those to whom those laws apply. The House of Lords performs its work well but lacks sufficient democratic authority”.

I take it, then, that Lords elected from constituencies outside England will not be allowed to make laws for England. And presumably, the great democrat that Nick Clegg is would not wish that principle to apply to the Lords but not the Commons. So I’m confident that we’ll soon see legislation preventing non-English MPs from voting on English legislation. [Not.]

Thanks for promising not to duplicate the West Lothian Question in the elected Lords, Mr Clegg; and for setting out the principle on which the West Lothian anomaly should not be tolerated in the Commons.

Now, when can be have a Bill to deal with it?

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  1. Watch this and try to resist the temptation to swear at Clegg and Harper (most of the WLQ stuff comes in the first half hour).

  2. […] Posted by englishwarrior In the annals of quotes to hang politicians by, Nick Clegg let out a real whopper in his speech to the Commons yesterday on Lords reform. Remember this; record it; and wheel it out whenever you're writing or speaking about the West Lothian Question – it's a good one. Mr Clegg said, and I quote: "In a modern democracy it is important that those who make the laws of the land should be elected by those to whom those laws apply. The House of Lords pe … Read More […]

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