Monthly Archives: May 2011

Meeting the President

Hull University Politics Department produces eagle-eyed graduates.  One of them, Andrew Barrett, spotted this picture of me being introduced to President Obama.   You can see the back of the head of the Speaker, John Bercow, on  the right of the picture.  … Continue reading

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Where am I?

This is the only picture I have seen so far of those attending the speech in Westminster Hall by President Obama and where I can see the back of my head.  Anyone with a few minutes to waste is invited … Continue reading

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Spot the errors

President Obama delivered an excellent speech yesterday.  He also opened with a very good joke: “My Lord Chancellor, Mr Speaker, Mr Prime Minister, my Lords, and Members of the House of Commons: I have known few greater honours than the … Continue reading

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The President in Parliament

Preident Obama this afternoon addressed members of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall.  He is only the fourth foreign dignitary to do so following President Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela and the Pope.  The Hall was packed.   I got … Continue reading

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Whose responsibility?

MP John Hemming has named the footballer who has been the subject of a super-injunction.  His name has been doing the rounds for some time.  The issue of super-injunctions (issue of principle, impact of new media, courts v. media) has been infinitely … Continue reading

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Going to the dogs

The Government’s plans for the future of the House of Lords have justifiably received a bad press.   They have been described by some as a ‘dog’s breakfast’.  However, I have noticed that some commentators have referred to them as a … Continue reading

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Must schedule lunch

It has been another of those weeks, which at the moment means a typical week.  On Monday, I had to get down to spend most of my time in the chamber for the second day of Report stage on the … Continue reading

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