Monthly Archives: November 2012

A free press?

I have already done a short post on Lords of the Blog about my stance on press regulation.  I am instinctively wary of the state limiting the freedom of the press.  I was invited to sign a letter on the … Continue reading

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Not quite singing in the rain

When I was in Rome, I had an opportunity to look round, or rather be shown round.  A friend is spending a year in Rome teaching English and gave me a guided tour.  He is into churches.  I saw lots … Continue reading

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Travelling closer to home

It has been a busy week, which is why blogging has been light.  This evening, the House is siting late – it is now gone 11.00 p.m. and we have had five votes during the course of the evening (the … Continue reading

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Speaking in Rome

In Rome, I had two principal speaking engagements.  On the Monday, I spoke to students taking Masters’ degrees at Luiss University on the impact of Coalition on British Government, focusing on constitutional and behavioural changes.   On the Tuesday, I gave my lecture … Continue reading

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I still love train travel, despite…

I had a fascinating visit to Rome.  I shall do some posts on the visit shortly.  I travelled by train.  I enjoyed the trip, despite the fact that the train from Paris to Milan broke down.  The journey was smooth … Continue reading

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Huddersfield – Paris – Rome

Following a hectic week, I am about to set off on a grand tour.  I start in Huddersfield, where I am giving a paper, on the oratory of Enoch Powell, at a conference on Conservative oratory being held in Huddersfield.  … Continue reading

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The celebratory gathering

Here is a picture taken at last Friday’s reception to mark my thirty-five years in the Politics Department at Hull.   I am surrounded by a fine body of students - British Politics and Legislative Studies (BPLS) finalists.  It was a very jolly … Continue reading

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Two for the price of one

I mentioned in a previous post that this is the 35th anniversary of my appointment to the Politics Department at the University of Hull.  To mark the anniversary, I hosted a reception last week at the University, attended by students … Continue reading

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