Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hull students taking the initiative

Reviewing my photograph file, I realised I had a picture of some of the British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) students who were on placement at Westminster this past year, seen here attending a seminar.  They include some of the … Continue reading

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You can’t make it up

The Liberal Democrats are to debate the issue of House of  Lords reform at their party conference.  The BBC reports that ‘Activists will be asked next month to vote on a motion describing the Lords as a democratic “outrage” and … Continue reading

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The day Mrs T resigned…

One of our graduates, Warren Morgan, has been in touch to share his reminiscences of one particular class way back in 1990: “My claim to fame in the Politics Dept is that I was giving a presentation in one of … Continue reading

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Politicians as comedians?

I have had a somewhat unusual request.  Sky One are looking for “some members of parliament who are good at telling jokes and who might be interested in appearing on John Bishop’s new TV show”.  The proposal is to intersperse … Continue reading

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More for the bookshelf

I have been rather engrossed this month working on the new edition of Parliament in British Politics;  I do mean engrossed, hence the light blogging.  I have been working on it for some time – an awful lot has happened since … Continue reading

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Getting under way

I have started to tweet (@LordNortonLouth).  You can see me at my desk (right) poised ready.  However, I haven’t had much time this week to tweet and, being focused on one particular task – the subject of my next post – there … Continue reading

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All quiet on the Westminster front

I was in Westminster yesterday to catch up on paperwork and  some research.  The Palace was, as one might expect, fairly quiet, as it tends to be in August, though by no means deserted.  During recesses, parliamentary offices continue to be … Continue reading

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Stand by for Tweeting…

Well, I have eventually got round to getting a Twitter account.  I shall start tweeting shortly.  Apparently, I already have over 100 followers and that is without me writing a word.  All I need to do now is think of some appropriate … Continue reading

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What the agreement actually says

I return to the subject of what is in the Coalition Agreement.  There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the agreement, not least claims it has been broken, but usually without reference to what it actually says.  Section … Continue reading

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Lectio magistralis

I have been invited to give a lectio magistralis at the Italian Chamber of Deputies this autumn.  The subject will be parliamentary representation in the modern age.   As regular readers may recall, I spoke last autumn at conferences in Bern … Continue reading

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