1. David Grace
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    One of the many underlying archaic practices of the Commons is that amendments are selected for debate by the Speaker. In the European Parliament, amendments are called if they have the support defined in the rules of procedure – number of members or committee or party group. Isn’t that more rational ? I noticed that Caroline Lucas cited the EP in support of explanatory statements, an unwise argument to the Eurosceptic and self-regarding Commons , but it passed.

  2. Andy Strange
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    Thanks David. I get the impression that the European Parliament has more rational procedures than the Commons in many respects. Lessons could be learned from it, but they won’t be given the eurosceptic nature of our politics. However, things are made simpler in the EP by the very different relationship it has with its ‘executive’. A better model maybe the Scottish Parliament?

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