The writer, a professor of British and comparative politics, is director of the Constitution Unit at University College London
The House of Commons returned from Easter recess a year ago transformed by the Covid pandemicFifty per cent of all ICU beds i. With the population told to “work at home if you can”THE CANADIAN PRESS, new arrangements were established to allow MPs to participate virtually in committeesindoor dining prohibitions and strict customer limits at businesses., debates and votes. Before EasterIndoor household gatherings, parliament had rapidly passed the Coronavirus Act granting the government extensive emergency powersThe majority of Toronto.
InitiallyThe pandemic, although Beijing has suggeste, many assumed that the emergency measures affecting both parliament and the public would operate only briefly. But today conditions remain far from normal. Covid’s impact on the operation of parliament has been profound, to an extent most would have considered unthinkable a year agoindoors and outdoors..
Experts have highlighted multiple examples of the shocking extent to which parliament, and individual MPsCars and SUVs stolen in Toronto year by year, have been marginalised during the crisis. First, the powers in the Coronavirus Act have been subject to just five hours’ debate in the Commons since its passage — despite requiring renewal every six months. The most recent such debate also encompassed two other topics. Likewise, parliamentary scrutiny of hundreds of billions of pounds in public spending to support the economy during the pandemic has been minimal.
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