Sadly, it looks as if the executive will defeat Charles Walker’s amendment. Tory MPs admit that there is absolutely no intellectual defence for the government’s view that the number of MPs can be reduced by 10 percent but the number of ministers must stay the same, but they are still going to vote against the amendment out of a mixture of loyalty and self-interest. They have no desire to reduce their chances of becoming a minister at some point.
For those of us who think that most politicians are motivated by noble motives this is a depressing evening. Too many MPs will show themselves prepared to expand the power of the executive at the expense of the legislature.