Monthly Archives: June 2010

Debate on reform of the Lords

The House had a lengthy debate yesterday on a motion to take note of the case for reform of the House of Lords.  There were sixty-seven speakers and overwhelmingly they favoured reforming the House in order to strengthen it in … Continue reading

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Size matters

The House of Lords has recently lost three distinguished members: the philosopher and former president of Trinity College Oxford, Lord Quinton, the former Cabinet minister Lord Walker of Worcester, and the businessman Lord Laing of Dunphail (a very succesful business … Continue reading

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Reform of the House of Lords

On Tuesday, the House of Lords will be debating a Government motion to take note of ‘the case for reform of the House of Lords’.   I have no problem with noting the case for reform of the Lords.  I am … Continue reading

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To tweet or not to tweet?

I have resisted suggestions that I go on Facebook (too private a person, too busy) but now I am being encouraged to join Twitter.   I gather it helps increase traffic for posts on blogs and I am impressed by the … Continue reading

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Quite literally…

The use of the word ‘literally’ has crept back into use in recent years.  I am not one for banning things, but I hope we can wean people off it.  It is very rare that is used to mean literally.  … Continue reading

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Sporting observation

I have better things to do with my time than watch grossly overpaid footballers bore for England, but I was rather amused by the following tweet reported in The Times this morning: ‘What’s the difference between a tea bag and … Continue reading

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The Archbishop infringes the rules….

The House held a debate yesterday on the role of partnerships between government and civil society in shaping social policy.  Introduced by the Bishop of Leioester, it attracted some notable contributions from the Lords Spiritual: five of them spoke in the … Continue reading

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