In olden days, the defence of liberty within the diverse halls of the British constitution was far simpler than today and one could marshal one's forces to defeat the powers of darkness. However, New Labour was defeated and its authoritarian madness has been partially implemented through subterfuge.
Now, the expansion of state power is undertaken through subtle alterations to laws that nobody reads; chipping away at the checks and balances which limit the power of civil servants or politicians to exercise their power. Administrative law becomes an arcane fiefdom that is not available to the man on the street who find themselves at the mercy of the informal British nomenklatura.
So, no surprise that the House of Lords Constitution Committee opens an inquiry into the powers of the Lord Chancellor after he gained powers, by parliamentary order, to limit judicial review if it is undertaken in the public interest. This power has been viewed as an encroachment upon the independence of the judiciary.
It is a measure of the disquiet felt by the peers that they have widened their review to take in the powers of the Lord Chancellor.