When we started Lords of the Blog, I read that in order to be of interest to readers it was important to write about oneself. I did a post providing a few facts about myself. As this is a new blog, and I hope attracts new readers as well as regular readers of Lords of the Blog, I thought I would repeat the exercise. Friends probably think I need no encouragement. Here are ten brief snippets about me:
1. A workaholic with a sense of humour.
2. A total politics anorak. No really, I do have a sense of humour.
3. A Methodist and teetotal with it. Not particularly interested in the materialistic things in life. Drinking tea, researching or teaching and I’m happy.
4. A Conservative with a fundamental belief in human dignity and in people being allowed to decide for themselves how to lead their lives. Government should provide the framework within which people can live – peacefully and free from assault or indignities by others – but not tell them how to live.
5. I’m acrophobic (fear of heights) – not to be confused with vertigo, which is diziness.
6. Prefer trains to plane. Hate flying (possibly a result of 5 above) – love travelling by train: get lots of work done.
7. I was at university with David Blunkett.
8. I was appointed Professor of Government at the University of Hull in 1986 and elevated to the peerage – nominated by William Hague – in 1998.
9. I spend half of each week in Hull teaching about the British constitution and the other half in Westminster trying to save it.
10. I was once voted ‘self-publicist of the year’ by a local freesheet. I immediately issued a statement thanking all those who made it possible.
That’s probably more than you needed to know…