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Fascinating special issue of the journal Parliamentary History is out. Issue 2 of volume 27 contains texts and studies relating to Parliament in the long 15th century. Articles cover Parliamentary privilege, elections, payment, and other issues. Three appendices cover a calendar of disputes over wages, a list of peers and members of the commons mentioned in the documents, and and a list of parliaments from 1376-1514.
This period includes the period of the devestation and depopulation relating to the Black Death, the War of the Roses, and the rise of the Tudors.
The Law Library of Congress hosted a talk by Australian barrister James Renwick discussing the UK and Australian legislative responses to terrorism since 9/11 and comparing their responses to the response of the United States.
UK Counter-terrorism bill
Parliament is debating a new counter-terrorism bill, it had it's second reading on the 1st. The main elements of the bill are:
- a provision to allow the pre-charge detention of terrorist
suspects to be extended from 28 days to 42 days in certain
- changes to enable the post-charge questioning of terrorist suspects and the drawing of adverse inferences from silence
requirements on people convicted of terrorist offences to let
authorities know where they are living and any changes to their
- enhanced sentencing of offenders who commit offences with a terrorist connection
- provision for inquests and inquiries to be heard without a jury."
By the way, Parliament has a wonderful bill site, no?
Report on the economic impact of immigration in the UK
Today, the House of Lords released a report on the economic impact of immigration in the UK. Does it have anything to say to the US? The EU? Read it and you decide.