Following on from my previous piece, a friend has advised me that the Lords are constitutionally incapable of rejecting a manifesto commitment. As indeed they are, under the so-called Salisbury Convention.
(Goodness knows why the government should object to the Lords rejecting a bill when they themselves think they should be able, without problem, not to comply with international law, but I’ll leave that to one side….)
In fact the Lords are (highly ironically) in the position of actually sustaining the Tory manifesto. Here is the relevant extract from page 53 of their 2019 manifesto:
So as I’ve said before – the Lords could still just save us.
Government is, it seems, hoist by its own petard…
The trouble is that the rest of us who, allegedly, voted for this, are currently likely to be similarly affected.