Dictatorship wins: Lords forced to back down on tax credits


It looks like our Tory dictatorship is to have its way over the plan to cut tax credits, despite objections from within the governing party itself.

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.

Source: Lords forced to back down on tax credits motion as Tory rebellion grows | Money | The Guardian

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11 Thoughts to “Dictatorship wins: Lords forced to back down on tax credits”

  1. Question: what is the point of the House of Lords, if it can’t even oppose legislation that was introduced without a mandate?

  2. rockingbass

    Would you give up £300.00 per day Tax free? by going against you boss?

    1. Mike Sivier

      Is it really tax free? That’s the first I’ve heard about that.

  3. A-Brightfuture

    Is there anybody else Dave and George want on their knees cowering in corners!??!!!

  4. chris

    Tory dictatorship will never win many in lords are still planning to try and pass the “fatal motion” I am hearing

    the Torys want to look like there winning when there losing

  5. Thomas

    We need an elected 2nd chamber that can block the first.

  6. Will

    They have already lost there power if they have backed down with a threat from the government. They are now no more than an antique fitting tou just cant get rid off.

  7. Dez

    What a disappointing load of overpaid sheep. You would have thought they would have at least shown some integrity and spheres to impress the general population that they do serve a very useful purpose and can make a major contribution when things are not right with the world. I guess their lucrative life style nodding off in their leather seats, posing in their robes was to much to lose….. so the needy can go and #### themselves. Whilst the threat of their demise scared the Lords off I think the Government would be made very transparent if they had taken any such action to get their kiddy demands met.

  8. We now need to have a nation wide revolt to get rid of these devils in disguise and run this country as it should be run ,for the worker the low paid tax the rich until it hurts and then do it again, make all company pay there frightful taxes , retake control of the NHS, the Railways, the Steel works just to start with elect one person from each county to run the country, stop given money to countries , this money saved could start to help the NHS with employing more nurses and doctors ,we must stop giving money away willynilly. Make the queen sell of here land ,and then build houses on that land, no more donation to the royal family they have enough to pay of the national debt that the conservative have built up, I do not know if it could happen as the generation that we have know are to scared to do anything to up set any one. Your Brian Higgs-Edwards

  9. eddie mcardle

    So basicly they have given in to threats that they will lose the undeserved benefits they enjoy and the £300 per day, for what I dont know. Posh food, posh drink and Loads of money… isnt that blackmail??? if we did it we would be nicked!!!!!!!!!

  10. Like there was any doubt!

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