What a shame the Lords have rolled over and given up at the mere suggestion that they might suffer sanctions if they stand up for their principles.
Perhaps they really are the chinless wonders we all suspected them to be.
An attempt by peers to kill off proposed cuts to tax credits has been rebuffed by the government after it warned the House of Lords it would trigger a full-scale constitutional crisis by pressing ahead with the plans.
As the chancellor faced a growing rebellion against the cuts among Tory MPs, the government told the non-party group of crossbench peers that they risked a renewed push to weaken the powers of the upper house if they refused to back down.
The high-stakes warning by the government came after Lady Meacher, a crossbencher who is the former chair of the East London NHS Trust, threatened to table a “fatal motion” to kill off the cuts to tax credits.
Meacher withdrew her fatal motion on Tuesday night and instead announced she would table a motion calling on the government to deliver a report responding to the warning by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that 3 million families would lose £1,000 a year.
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