Monthly Archives: August 2011

Confusing Parliament and Government

It is not unusual for the public to confuse Parliament with Government.  Even the BBC do it.  I notice that on one programme, Heir Hunters, whenever there is a reference to the Government, or to the Treasury, it displays a … Continue reading

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Novel reason for not holding an election

Political leaders come up with some novel reasons for holding or failing to hold elections.  The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has come up with a particularly distinctive reason for declining to call an election.  According to The Times, he … Continue reading

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Winning awards

The winner of the caption competition, Sheldon Howcroft, mentions in response to his win that he hasn’t won many awards recently.  I know the feeling.  For many years, the only award I won was in the 1980s when the then … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

After long and detailed deliberations, and much reflection (oh yes), I can now announce the winner of the latest caption competition.   The winning entry is that of Sheldon Howcroft with: Hull’s latest “Boy Band” gather for a practice before facing … Continue reading

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Joan Bakewell on the Lords

Joan Bakewell – Baroness Bakewell – writing in this morning’s Daily Telegraph on last week’s recall of the House of Lords: “And so we flocked home: peers had flown in from Delhi and the US. Even Andrew Lloyd Webber made … Continue reading

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Parliamentary archives

I recorded an interview yesterday for the BBC Radio 4 programme, The World this Weekend, about the Parliament Act 1911.  The basis for the piece is the display of material relating to the 1909 Budget and Parliament Act which has been put … Continue reading

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Meeting deadlines

One of the problems with accepting writing commitments is that they often come months, even years, in advance of the submission deadline, leaving the deceptive impression that there will be time to complete them without undue pressure or haste.  Things tend … Continue reading

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