Monthly Archives: August 2010

Poor chap

I cannot help but feel sorry for Adrian Bailey, the Labour MP for West Bromwich East, who is described in The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2010 as: ‘Unimpressive backbencher. Dull, even by the standards of librarians.’   Reflecting how … Continue reading

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Caption competition

I have just been filing some photographs that have been lingering for rather a long time as e-mail attachments.  There is rather a large number.  I thought I would share some of them with readers (no thanks necessary) and to begin … Continue reading

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Keeping up with The Times

Another feature of The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2010 – not found in its predecessor volumes – is reference to MPs’ sexuality and relationships other than marriage.  Whereas one used to find reference in previous volumes to, … Continue reading

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A new guide

After every general election, The Times publishes its guide to the new House of Commons.  I have a complete set from 1945 onwards as well as copies (reprinted by Politico’s) for the 1910, 1911, 1919, 1929, 1931 and 1935 Houses.  … Continue reading

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A century of constitutional change

I am still on the continent – I return to Hull late tomorrow.  The value of travelling by train is that I am able to get on with a mass of work.  I have been using some of the train … Continue reading

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Oh dear again…

In last week’s Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan in writing about tensions in the coalition and the role of the 1922 Committee wrote: ‘More than one Tory MP reminded The Sunday Telegraph that the ’22 was formed as part of a … Continue reading

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Not a tweet

I have yet to get a Twitter account.  If I had, I would probably have tweeted: Arrived in the historic city of Bamberg in Northern Bavaria.  It was founded as a Prince-Bishopric and still has its acient cathedral. I´m the opening … Continue reading

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