… so there’s a bit of a dust-up in the British Parliament over the reform of the House of Lords and a writer for The Awl has hilariously summarized it. If you have even a passing interest in seeing the inner workings of a government other than our own (or jsut like funny writing) you should check it out.
The government is trying to push the law through the various procedural hoops necessary, but is facing rebellion in their own ranks. 91 Tory MPs—nearly a third of their caucus—voted against moving it to the next stage of the process last week, despite the fact that doing so will mean getting fired from leadership positions for some of them. David Cameron chewed out rebel leader Jesse Norman in front of everyone else; afterwards, an anonymous Tory (according to the Guardian) called Cameron’s behavior “‘disgraceful’ and a return to his ‘Flashman character,’” the latter referring to a posh bully in a 19th century British novel. “Flashman” is what Labour MPs usually shout at Cameron, so you know things are bad.Labour is ostensibly in favor of the bill, but keeps voting to extend debate on it, which is the opposite of useful in terms of getting it passed, because Labour enjoys nothing so much as watching the Tories tear themselves to bits.