As feared, the Lords did not seek to prevent the passage into law of the badly drafted and ill thought through Digital Bill I spoke about earlier in the week. Only the Lords could have stopped this Bill, given the determination of Labour to use its majority to put it through.
Some people seem to think that in the wash-up the government cannot get its way. This is only true if the government behaves well, and starts to restrain itself. If a government, which still has a large majority in the Commons, can avoid losing any votes in the Lords, it can still carry its legislation on a much shortened timetable, as we have seen this week.
A more democratic government would have understood the public anger about some of the measures, and understood the wisdom of those of us who urged more debate and less legislation, voting against the government’s steam roller timetable motion.