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Tuesday 10 February


Inquiry review
posted by David | 1405 GMT |

The Sun newspaper has suggested that it's possibly time for an inquiry into inquiries. It may have a point. Tony Blair has just announced the fourth inquiry into the war in Iraq - although it won't answer the questions many voters would ask.

Peter Hain says he may launch an inquiry into the voting system used to elect members of the Welsh assembly. This system can have unusual results - four of the five candidates in Clwyd West are now working in Cardiff Bay, despite three of them having lost at the polls.

Mr Hain's review won't be the only one. The Welsh Assembly Government has set up the Richard Commission to look at the assembly's powers and voting system.

The UK Government says it will review the voting systems used across the UK after this year's elections to the European Parliament. The Scottish Secretary, Alastair Darling, has also set up a commission to look at the way the Scottish Parliament is elected - voters there will shortly have four different voting systems.

So you wait ages for a review, and then three come along at once. They have grown like award ceremonies. Even politicians have award ceremonies these days. It's probably only a matter of time before we have an award ceremony for award ceremonies - Oscards for Oscars.

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