The Lords most definitely did their job properly in rejecting Tax Credit reform

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The supposed constitutional crisis resulting from the House of Lords asking the Commons to reconsider Tax Credit reform began to look rather like a fabricated storm in a teacup yesterday.

As Tory MP after Tory MP took the opportunity provided by the Lords to say that Tax Credit reform should be deferred it became very obvious that the Lords had been exactly what they are meant to be - a revising body with the power to ask the Commons to think again on issues that are important.

The phrase 'crisis, what crisis?' might have been coined for the moment.

Only the occupants of Downing Street might think otherwise at present, but it's another issue on which they may need to think again in that case.