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While the government pursues a larger House and a reformed Senate, former MP Reginald Stackhouse argues we need neither.

In a time when cutting a gargantuan deficit has to be a government priority, reducing the cost of the Commons should surely come ahead of cutting health care – especially when its work could be done better by fewer rather than more MPs. Parliament – as the name itself indicates – should primarily be a place for debate, and that purpose could be fulfilled by a reduced membership better than by an increased one. But is it likely to happen? Not when a government proposes something as senseless as preserving the Senate. 


 

Addition by subtraction

  1. I agree with him completely.   We don’t need any more MPs….if 308 MPs can’t govern this country, it’s not governable.

    And we don’t need a senate at all, either appointed or elected.

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