The Corner

King Tony

Now even one of Blair’s ministers is embarrassed by Blair’s latest attempt to trash what little is left of the UK’s traditional freedoms.

The Sunday Telegraph has the details: “Tony Blair has been warned by one of his most senior cabinet colleagues that he must abandon a highly controversial attempt to extend ministerial power. Lord Grocott, the government chief whip in the Lords, has expressed serious doubts about the safety of a Bill allowing ministers to change the law without a vote. In a highly critical letter to the Prime Minister, a copy of which has been seen by this newspaper, Lord Grocott warns that it will be “exceptionally difficult” to get the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill through. It contains sweeping powers for ministers to amend, repeal or replace primary and secondary legislation without asking Parliament and has earned the nickname at Westminster of the Parliamentary Scrutiny (Abolition) Bill. Some MPs claim it gives Labour powers in excess of those afforded to Henry VIII.”

Henry VIII?

Cherie, dear, be very, very careful.

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