to the Financial Times is here.
The Constitution Society, with CentreForum, staged five great events on this subject (the first is here). Their letter reminds us that much of what is wrong with government in this country is little to do with moats and duckhouses. Their recommendations seem excellent:
* New legislation should be introduced only when it is genuinely needed, and not as part of the governing party’s attempt to dominate the media agenda.
* Policy should be based on evidence and analysis.
* Legislation should be properly prepared and clearly drafted.
* New bills should be limited to their essential purposes and to a volume compatible with thorough parliamentary scrutiny without automatic guillotining in the Commons.
The list of signatories is impressive: disclosure, Nat le Roux was my boss for ten years.