Budget Fight Sparks Awkward Constitutional Questions In UK
The U.K. House of Lords rejected a budget deal approved by the House of Commons, raising questions about the Lords' role in democratic government.By Matt Picht | October 27, 2015
The budget plan U.K. Treasury chief George Osborne unveiled in July was a masterpiece of conservative values: heavy cuts to spending and welfare, a bit of tax relief and an overall surplus. Tories in the House of Commons were very excited.
But now, Osborne's going to have to go back to the drawing board on some of those commitments, thanks to an unexpected move by the unelected members of the House of Lords. (Video via U.K. Parliament)
The upper chamber of the U.K. Parliament is currently made up of 816 peers. Some inherit their title, some are bishops in the Church of England, but most of the members are appointed by the prime minister and serve for life. (Video via C-SPAN)