The implications of what I choose to call the Redundancy of Parliament Bill are nicely summarised by Melanie Phillips. http://snipurl.com/njts Also moving through is a government proposal to amalgamate the current many police forces into a much smaller organisation of some 4 groups only. There is a good report of a Parliamentary debate on this topic. http://snipurl.com/nyqe One of the things that concerns me is the short lead time given for forces to consult and report their support or otherwise for the amalgamation process. The government has been accused of extra-parliamentary decision making and implementation. Changes to existing laws and new legislation by ministerial fiat rather than debate in the Commons subject to review in the Lords. The Redundancy of Parliament proposals will merely formalise â and, doubtless, extend what is already ongoing. One example might be the acceptance by Met police of a new way to deal with those suspected of being a terrorist in possession of an explosive device. http://snipurl.com/nyra. The priority needed to put into place more effective methods is understandable but what was authorised was a considerable departure from what has been considered as the law. It was not formalised by government action. I see the potential for further problems if one couples these two chains together. The Labour party would like to introduce more radical methods in a number of areas. Just, for our purposes here, consider tougher restrictions on asylum seekers and potential immigrants. These would attract demonstrations. I think that demonstrations are either becoming more violent, (hunting with dogs event in Parliament Square) or much more sensitive, (Muslim cartoons march allowed to proceed with no effective action regarding the posters displayed). The party in power needs to know that it will have the police on its side in controlling reaction to their unpopular measures imposed without the light of democratic process. This cannot be guaranteed; remember Blunkettâs problem at Humberside. http://snipurl.com/nyse Reducing the number of police forces would make it much easier to steam-roller them into doing what the government wants. Pressurising 4 is a lot easier than dealing with some, what is it? 42 authorities; not all of them are Labour lead. I think the current government is capable of anything devious.