Telegraph Article: We need to pour a big dose of drain unblocker down the constitutional plumbing

Constitutions ought to be straightforward things. Bits of political plumbing to make sure democracies work properly, so power can transfer smoothly from a dying Government to a new one without a punch-up. But that’s not what ours is doing. The plumbing is blocked. We’ve got a Government that can’t govern…

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Mercury Article: Suspending Parliament sounds terrible, right? Errrr not really.

Suspending Parliament sounds terrible, right? The sort of thing that only happens in banana republics and dictatorships? Errrr not really. Most years, Parliament is suspended for several days in the Autumn, while men in tights polish everything furiously before Her Majesty arrives to give the Queen’s Speech. Plus the place…

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Mercury Article: Much needed investment will help local families waiting for all-important diagnosis

For well over a year there’s been a steady trickle of local families with autistic children coming to my weekly surgery. They’ve been having problems getting the all-important diagnosis to unlock vital extra funds and support at school. Some of them are having to wait months or even years to…

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