Monthly Archives: November 2014

Smith Commission Proposes New Powers for Scotland

The Smith Commission has produced its long-awaited report on new powers for the Scottish Parliament. For the most part, it’s a fairly wonkish document that focuses on things like income tax and Air Passenger Duty, but there are some constitutional points … Continue reading

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Constitution 101: How Powerful Is The Queen?

[This is the first in a series of posts that will look at the key institutions of the British constitution. A version of this particular post first appeared on my personal blog.]  Americans don’t really understand the British Monarchy. Our pundits often portray … Continue reading

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A Labyrinth of Words

In honor of the Queen giving her Royal Assent and License to Amending Canon No. 33, I thought I’d post this delightfully arcane example of similar instrument from Queen Victoria’s reign. It is, without a doubt, one of the most grandiloquent documents … Continue reading

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How Long Will It Take To Appoint The First Woman Bishop?

Tomorrow, the Church of England’s General Synod will formally ‘make, enact, and promulge’ Amending Canon No. 33, thereby allowing women to enter the episcopate. Naturally, there has been a great deal of speculation as to when the first woman bishop … Continue reading

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Miliband Wants to Replace Lords With Senate of Nations

Yesterday, Ed Miliband promised to replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate if Labour wins office next May. At first blush, this seems like a dog-bites-man story. After all, Labour argued for a fully elected second chamber in their … Continue reading

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