Can Parliament do whatever it likes? The idea that it can is a little disturbing. The Commons is whipped and run along majoritarian lines, the House of Lords can be circumvented, and it is inconceivable that the monarch would deny royal assent to a bill in any but the most extraordinary circumstances. Parliamentary supremacy can therefore in practice be said to mean the supremacy of the Government.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
A post to complement the list of 13 constitutional principles set out in Halsbury's Laws. The following is taken from a lecture delivered by Rabinder Singh QC for Justice in 2010: