Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan's by Nafisa Hoodbhoy

By Nafisa Hoodbhoy

‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ is ready politics and journalism in Pakistan. it's a gripping front-line account of the country’s decade of turbulent democracy (1988-1999), as advised during the eyes of the one girl reporter operating through the Zia period at ‘Dawn’, Pakistan’s major English language newspaper. during this quantity, the writer finds her special stories and insurance of ethnic violence, women’s rights and media freedoms. The narrative offers an perception into the politics of the Pak-Afghan area within the publish September 11 period, and exposes how the absence of rule of legislation claimed the lifetime of its simply lady best minister.

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You will, however, search the list of experts who gave evidence to the Inquiry in vain for anyone who actually knew anything about parliament at the time of Walpole. Henry Porter, ‘Less a Servant of the People, more a Hammer of Parliament’, The Observer, 25 February 2007.    Modernisation Labour came to power in 1997 pledging to reform both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 3 This had been preceded, in 1996, by a speech from Ann Taylor, then Shadow Leader of the House, in which she had claimed that ‘Labour’s true project for parliament’ would be both to produce better legislation and to make MPs more effective at holding the executive to account.

25 Yet there is simply no evidence that party cohesion today is higher than it was in the past. Rather the opposite: there is plenty of evidence that MPs today are more independent-minded and willing to defy their whips than they used to be. 26 There were two whole sessions in the 1950s during which not a single Conservative MP voted against their whip. Tony Blair’s whips would have sold their souls for that sort of discipline. It is certainly true that Tony Blair wanted his MPs to behave in a cohesive and disciplined way.

Blair has made the opposition party uncomfortable by taking over traditional Conservative ground on such issues as schools, anti-social behaviour orders and security. He has been willing to tackle complex and emerging issues like immigration and asylum, energy and climate change, terrorism and security, and breaking up the one-size-fits-all public services. Politicians who retire under a cloud often say that it is for history to judge their record. Blair has said this, rather forlornly, about Iraq.

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