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Recall of Parliament

Last Friday, both Houses were recalled to discuss military action in Iraq.  When the recall was announced on Wednesday, I spent some time correcting media reports that the Speaker had authorised the recall of Parliament.  The Speaker can only authorise the recall … Continue reading

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The West Lothian Question: the answer is not the solution

Lord Irvine of Lairg, when Lord Chancellor, said that the best way to deal with the West Lothian question (named after Tam Dalyell’s constituency, but actually dating from home rule debates in the 19th Century) was not to ask it.  … Continue reading

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You know you are old when….

I shall be writing in greater length on constitutional issues shortly, but for the moment I thought I would pen a few comments on age.  It struck me that in a few years time, mention a ‘car tax disk’ to … Continue reading

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Addressing constitutional issues…

After the result of the referendum in Scotland, there is much discussion as to what steps to take now to address constitutional issues.  I have variously made the case for a constitutional convention to make sense of where we are … Continue reading

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The constitution in more flux?

Just over thirty years ago I published a book on the constitution entitled The Constitution in Flux.  It was on the reading lists of many law as well as politics courses for years.  One reviewer described the work as prophetic.   I … Continue reading

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A split personality?

No sooner had I written a post about the mail I receive with unusual renderings of my name than I get a letter addressed to ‘Lord Norton, Professor Philip Norton MP’. It is possible for someone who has been in … Continue reading

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Who do they think I am?

I have previously drawn attention to the variety of names by which I am addressed in mail (Prof L N O Louth, Lord Norton O Louth and the like).  I had a new one this week.  I received a letter … Continue reading

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