Monthly Archives: October 2010

Deputy PM before the Constitution Committee

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, gave evidence to the Constitution Committee on Wednesday on the Government’s programme of constitutional change. One of the issues I was keen to pursue with him was … Continue reading

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Super Tweets

A few mid-week pseudo-tweets.  I’ve termed them super tweets to cover the fact that they may well notably exceeed the maximum length of tweets… Monday.  Another intense teaching day.  Lunchtime lecture again precludes time for lunch.  Not so much of a … Continue reading

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Weekly reflections

A few pseudo-tweets on the past week: Monday.  Start of new semester and intensive teaching.  Lunchtime lecture between classes means no opportunity to get something to eat.  Lunch at 8.00 p.m. Tuesday.  First class return to London by Hull Trains is £230 … Continue reading

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Interesting query

I have mentioned before the range of material we receive from organised interests as well as members of the public.  I recently had one query, which was certainly different, albeit not unique in terms of some of the unusual requests … Continue reading

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Mullin on the Lords

In his latest diaries, Decline & Fall, Chris Mullin variously refers to the attempts by Jack Straw to achieve a largely elected second chamber.   He was one of the Labour MPs opposed to what was being proposed.  He writes about … Continue reading

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Electoral systems

It will be interesting to see to what extent the Labour leadership election results influences voting in the proposed referendum on the introduction of the alternative vote (AV) for parliamentary elections.  If Labour had employed the first-past-the-post electoral system, then (assuming the same voting … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

There were some good entries for the latest caption competition.  Some were especially funny.   I thought David Rostron’s first entry was very good, though I thought if I selected that there was the danger of sending out the signal that … Continue reading

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