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Those campaigning for a new, democratic constitution can take heart from the fact that the present one is crumbling in front of our eyes. The conflict between the Lords and Commons over Tory plans to scrap tax credits is just one of many breaking points.
The surest sign of a deepening crisis is that members of the unelected House of Lords felt sufficiently emboldened to defeat a financial policy passed three times by the House of Commons, ignoring warnings about constitutional implications.
When Labour shadow minister Owen Smith says the Lords had “spoken for the country”, where does that leave the status of the Commons, which has been a central feature of the parliamentary state since the late 17th century? The answer is that it’s all unravelling pretty fast.
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