It is a quarter to one in the morning, but it is still Wednesday in the House of Lords.  The House is just concluding its debate on the first of 165 amendments to the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill.

Since the House began sitting many hours ago (the ability to do simple arithmetic goes at this time of night), the House has completed its consideration of the Financial Services Bill,  the Crime and Security Bill, the Energy Bill, and the Children, Schools and Families Bill.  When we have been through another 164 amendments, we will be finished till 11am on Thursday (ie later today).

So far there have been five votes: all won by the Government with Conservative support.

It is all part of the wash-up ritual.

As Bismarck said: “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.”

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