The Conservative Government has a working majority of just 16 MPs.
Let’s remember that, next time we hear David Cameron talking about our country as if he owns it.
The Conservative government just had a hideous week, defeated at every turn by judges, courts, the House of Lords and devolved parliaments. Here are nine Tory defeats you might have missed:
1. Child poverty targets
2. The benefit cap for carers
3. The Google tax deal
4. The trade union bill
5. Court fees
6. “A bunch of migrants”
7. The bedroom tax
8. Employment and support allowance
9. Legal aid cuts
All of these defeats had one thing in common: they all involved attacks on society’s have-nots. This week, the Conservative government has tried to remove rights, resources or dignity from children growing up in poverty, carers, workers needing protection, refugees, rape victims, and sick and disabled people – for starters.
That, sadly, no longer seems extraordinary. What is extraordinary, though, is that other parts of Britain’s establishment – peers, devolved parliaments, senior judges and courts of law – are increasingly stepping in to hold the government to account over its legal, ethical and constitutional transgressions. If the trend continues, the Tories may find themselves facing a very difficult four years indeed.
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