Monthly Archives: September 2010

Another caption competition…..

Time for another caption competition.  The photograph shows Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, Baroness Miller of Hendon, and yours truly at the University of Hull degree ceremony in January at which Baroness Miller received her MA in Legislative Studies.    What could we … Continue reading

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Rallying against undesirable change

As was mentioned in the thread on a previous post, I have contributed a short piece to Litmus, a publication prepared by ConservativeHome, LeftFootForward and LibDemVoice and being distributed at the party conferences.  I was invited to express my views … Continue reading

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More of Hull’s finest

Here’s another picture of Hull’s finest, which was taken at this year’s graduation ceremony.  It shows me with two British Politics and Legislative Studies graduates, Helen Le Caplain on the left and Emma Kinloch on the right.  We are stood … Continue reading

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Fixed-term Parliaments

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee published on Friday a report on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill, in time for the Second Reading of the Bill in the Commonds this afternoon. The report is highly critical, not so … Continue reading

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Why I am not on Facebook

I have never got round to using Facebook.  The explanation may be found in research carried out in a Canadian university which has concluded that, in the words of the newspaper headline reporting it, Facebook users ‘are insecure, narcissistic and have … Continue reading

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Developing links

As I have already mentioned in a post on Lords of the Blog, a good part of my time this week has been devoted to considerng the relationship between Parliament and the public.  On Wednesday, I attended a seminar organised … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

There were some excellent entries for the most recent Peter Mandelson caption competition, including some late entries from David Rostrum. It has been a difficult choice.  However, there was one that made me laugh most, albeit one that will be readily … Continue reading

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More fame…

According to Total Politics, The Norton View is among the top 100 Conservative blogs.   Just in case you think this means it’s at 99 or 100, it actually came in at 56!  Given that I presume someone voted for the … Continue reading

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A question of judgment…

In response to a comment from Croft on my previous post, I drew attention to the value of comparing memoirs from politicians.  The exercise can provide useful insights. In his new book, Tony Blair argues that George W. Bush is far more intelligent … Continue reading

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Fame

Shortly after Chris Mullin published his first volume of diaries, he came to speak to the Hull Politics graduates association at Westminster.  He bought a box full of copies of his book to sell.  At the end, the box was … Continue reading

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