Monthly Archives: April 2012

Conservatives and constitutional change

It has been rather a peripatetic week.  Last Sunday, I was in Louth for the Mayor’s civic parade before heading for London in the evening, ready for the launch of the Joint Committee report (and the Alternative report) on Monday.  … Continue reading

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I am not Sir Peter….

It has been a hectic day, as hectic as yesterday.  This evening I attended the latest lecture in the series of Speaker’s lectures on Parliament and Government, this one given by Sir Malcolm Rifkind.  It was, as one would expect, … Continue reading

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Lords reform

I have been in Westminster today for the publication of the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Bill.  It was launched at a press conference this morning.  You can read details and links to the … Continue reading

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Parliament and human rights

There has been a two-day conference at Westminster, organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on ‘Redressing the Democratic Deficit in Human Rights’.  Today was the second day and I was part of the concluding panel addressing ‘How could … Continue reading

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Who do they think I am?

Who am I? In the past few days, I have received correspondence addressed to: Professor Lord Norton of L N. O. F. Louth Mr Norton O. Louth Mr Louth I know software has enabled mass mailings, but some organisations do … Continue reading

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Parliament Act v Fixed-term Parliaments Act

One reader reached the site recently by googling the query as to the difference between the Parliament Act and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  The Parliament Act 1911 provided that the maximum life of a Parliament was five years ( previously … Continue reading

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Another characteristic

I was somewhat surprised that ‘fairness’ did not rank among the characteristics singled out by people as among the best features of being British.  We do tend to have a strong sense of what is fair and what is not.   … Continue reading

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