Bismarck said if “You like laws or sausages, never watch either of them being made.” It is 8.45pm and Labour Peers have been told to hang on for a possible vote on an amendment to the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill.
The amendment moved by the LibDems apparently raises an important point of principle. Or at least that’s what the LibDems say.
So what is the amendment? In Clause 67 of the Bill (which creates a requirement for there to be a regional economic strategy for each region) the LibDems want the Bill to say “The regional strategy for a region is to set out policies in relation to sustainable development and regeneration in the region” rather than “The regional strategy for a region is to set out policies in relation to sustainable growth in the region” .
Is someone taking the p*ss?
And after all that they didn’t press it to a vote!