Monthly Archives: January 2012

Not the democratic option

Time flies.  It hardly seems like a year has passed since I was in Glasgow to deliver the Stevenson Lecture.  I spoke then on House of Lords reform and made the point that election of the second chamber is not … Continue reading

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It is not in the manifesto

Politics.co.uk quotes Constitutional Affairs Minister, Mark Harper, as telling Conservative colleagues who do not support an elected second chamber to fall into line: “For those Conservative colleagues who are not in favour of Lords reform at all – it was … Continue reading

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A bit manic

As readers may have realised from earlier posts, Wednesdays tend to be rather busy days.  Yesterday was even more crowded than usual.  I started with a pre-arranged meeting with a fellow peer followed by a meeting of the executive of … Continue reading

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100,000 views…

I am pleased to report that the number of views of the site, since its inception following the last general election, has passed 100,000.   From observation of the daily statistics, the readers appear to be a combination of regulars and … Continue reading

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Almost didn’t make it…

I joined the Politics Department in Hull in 1977, but it almost didn’t happen.  There was a lecturing post in the Department advertised in the summer – it was actually in comparative politics, but as it was virtually the only … Continue reading

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Are you still at Hull?

At lunch in the Bishop’s Bar last week, one colleague in the Lords asked how long I have been at Hull.   It is not something I had thought about recently (or indeed for some time), so it was in answer to … Continue reading

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No two days are the same…

Although the House only came back on Tuesday, it already feels like it has been a demanding week.  I was in the chamber on Tuesday for the statement on Scotland’s constitutional future.  There is clearly going to be a major … Continue reading

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