Monday, February 11, 2008

MPs' debate on EU treaty is a scandal

By Philip Johnston
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 11/02/2008

The House of Commons is about one third of the way through its debate on the Treaty of Lisbon. Have you noticed? You could say this is the media's fault for obsessing about MPs' expenses and the politics of another country. But the parliamentarians themselves are hardly enamoured of their own discussion.

One reason for this is the way the Government has deliberately organised the business in order to diminish its importance and to avoid the procedural trench warfare that characterised the Maastricht debates 15 years ago.

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