"Peers rejected its plans to establish English votes for English laws (Evel), voting in favour of establishing a committee to examine and further debate its proposal" reports the Guardian this week.
This follows a call from "the former head of the civil service, Lord Butler of Brockwell, to establish a joint committee of peers and MPs to discuss the plans."
While supporters of democracy and transparency in government, plus the SNP, will welcome this move others may not.
We do wonder how much such a committee will cost and if it is only delaying the inevitable.
However the House of Lords has enough power to scupper Tory plans which may result in Evel being watered down or abandoned.
Cameron and the Tories are committed to Evel as it will give them the upper hand in the Commons but for now at least they will have to sit it out on this one.
But if the SNP thought the Tories of England would really allow them full membership of the Commons they were, as expected, mistaken. Tuesday the Guardian reported:
The similarities between the word Evel and Evil must be noted.
It does of course mean that the Tories will almost have a free reign to introduce legislation without recourse. Unless backbench Tories protest and do not support their party legislation such as removing the hunting act will go ahead unchallenged.
The Tory majority may be slight but take the SNP out of the equation and it is ample.
It has never been more important to have an effective Labour leader in place and soon but the 'right' leader in every sense except for that person's political persuasion.
Labour leadership candidates are now on their own campaign trail talking to Labour supporters around the country in the hope of selection as party leader.
Recant reform means that the selection process has changed somewhat and Labour supporters can register online for £3 and have a say in the matter. That leaves this writer with concerns about 'ringers' who may do the dirty on Labour.
If you are a paid up member of the Labour Party you automatically are eligible to vote.
Days after the July 8 budget this writer is joining other Labour supporters at a local event where Andy Burnham one of the labour leadership candidates is appearing.
It looks set to be an interesting event but will it be well supported?
In the UK we have many armchair revolutionaries but not enough people who are prepared to make even a slight effort to ensure a free and fair government is running the country. That is proved by the turnout at each and every election from local to national level.
That and others issues must change.
The Labour leadership candidates are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Jeremy Corbyn and include the left of left-wing, left-wing and left of centre of British politics. The leader will be elected in September.
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Note: Expect a report from the Hull Andy Burnham event. He has already faced a bumpy ride at some events - Andy Burnham jeered at first Labour leadership hustings over benefits cap.
How will he fare in this tough northern city?