When he is already making himself look increasingly stupid over his silly pose against immigration from other EU countries, his assault on the Lords is very poorly-timed.
Note that the spokesman for rebelling Conservatives is David Davis, who stood against Cameron as a candidate to be leader of the Conservatives in 2005. Davis self-confesses as a very strong supporter of civil liberties, in stark contrast to Cameron’s approach – which is to shut them down at every opportunity.
Perhaps Mr Davis is preparing for another leadership campaign. He’s a member of the Tory right-wing, which means he’s no more desirable than any of the others – but the man who won the most votes in the first round of the last leadership race could certainly complicate the careers of pretenders like Osborne and Johnson.
David Cameron is facing a Conservative rebellion over moves to curb the power of the House of Lords.
Under proposals by the former Tory Cabinet minister Lord Strathclyde, new regulations would be passed to ensure MPs had the “final say” over secondary legislation. The issue came to a head in October, when peers blocked Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to cut spending on tax credits by £4.4bn. In response, Mr Cameron appointed Lord Strathclyde to review the powers of the Upper Chamber.
David Davis, the former minister, told the New Statesman that “at least a dozen” Tory MPs would oppose ending the veto. Downing Street said it would respond in the new year.
The Leader of the Lords, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, described its recommendations as “thoughtful and measured”. But Baroness Smith of Basildon, Labour’s leader in the Lords, argued: “All this paints a very unattractive picture of a Prime Minister and a government that will not tolerate challenge, that loathes scrutiny and fears questioning.”
Under the proposals, peers would be able to “invite the Commons to think again” over secondary legislation, changes implemented outside an Act of Parliament. But the Lords could then be overruled by a vote in the Commons.
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