Yesterday Parliament was asked to debate the 5 Year Parliament Bill. Some of my colleagues felt strongly that this piece of legislation was wrong, tampering with a tried and tested system for keeping a successful government or Parliament for up to 5 years, but allowing an election to be held earlier if need arose or if the Prime Minister wished. The government said its proposal preserved the right of Parliament to dismiss a government through a simple majority No Confidence vote as at present, but allowed the Parliament to continue to see if a new government could be formed.
I did not get worked up about it in the way some did. After all, a Parliament could tire of the 5 Year Parliament Act and repeal it by a simple majority. A Parliament can still vote for a General Election under the Bill, although it needs a weighted majority, and there can still be a General Election if no new governemnt can be formed after a Vote of No Confidence.
The sooner Parliament finishes all this business fiddling with the constitution and gets on to the serious business of reforming public services and shaping an economic policy that will deliver the growth we need, the better.