The House Of Lords has been thwarting a lot of potential evil recently. The most high profile being simply asking for the cuts to tax credits to be delayed until increases in the minimum wage came in, which of course prevented the government from throwing as many people in to poverty as it wanted.
This frustrating habit of sticking up for the ordinary person is particularly annoying for David Cameron, who has plans for further evil which he fears the House of Lords will block. The Financial Times this morning reports how frustrating this is for the government, and how they aim to thwart it.
The FT reports that Tory peer Lord Strathclyde is going to propose that the Lords will lose all power of veto over secondary legislation. This is in line with the government’s strategy to push as many evil plans as possible through as statutory instruments rather than bills. Statutory instruments are not subject to the same level of scrutiny, so are easier to force through. If the Lords lose all power over statutory instruments, the government will essentially be able to do whatever it likes, with no-one to challenge it. Mwhahaha.