Monthly Archives: June 2012

Caption Competition

Before I regale you further with comments on the House of Lords Reform Bill, I thought I would provide a moment for light relief with a caption competition.  The picture was taken at the recent conference on Conservatives and Conservatism, … Continue reading

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More on an inadequate Bill

I have been doing more work on the House of Lords Reform Bill and the Government’s proposals.  I have drawn up a list of problems deriving from them.  There isn’t space to reproduce them all here – it’s a long list.  … Continue reading

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A dog’s dinner of a Bill

The Government’s House of Lords Reform Bill has been published today and is as much, if not more so, of a dog’s dinner of a Bill as the draft Bill.  It is a hotch-potch of provisions, with no clear coherence.  I was … Continue reading

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Analysing Conservative fortunes

In my speech yesterday at the conference on Conservatives and Conservatism – the conference finished this morning – I discussed the variables responsible for Conservative success in the 20th Century and utilised them for assessing the current position of the Conservative … Continue reading

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The Conservative challenge

I am just putting the finishing touches to a speech I am giving tomorrow.   The Conservatives and Conservatism specialist group of the Political Studies Association and the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull are hosting a two-day conference … Continue reading

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Gay marriage

On occasion the case for a proposal is strengthened by the nature of the arguments used against it.  This is notably the case with the Government’s proposals to allow people of the same sex to marry.  I was recently reading … Continue reading

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Debating referendums

Yesterday, in both the the morning and the afternoon, I attended evidence-taking sessions of an inquiry being undertaken by the All-Party Group on Drug Policy Reform.  The sessions, like others last month, were extremely illuminating, highlighting the problems faced by … Continue reading

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