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Tax credits: The House of Lords is broken

The unelected second chamber has committed constitutional vandalism

By Patrick Diamond  

The House of Lords in its current form is unlikely to survive ©AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool

The Cameron government’s defeat over changes to tax credits has sent shockwaves through the British political establishment. Striking a blow against George Osborne’s budget is a tactical victory for Jeremy Corbyn, and his Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, who encouraged the rebellion by striking an emollient tone attempting to gently cajole the Treasury into amending its proposals. The defeat…

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