In an earlier post, I mentioned that 25 November would be the twelfth anniversary of my maiden speech. At the weekly student seminar in Westminster last night, one of my students, David Bender, congratulated me on the anniversary. Good job he did; otherwise – perhaps predictably given my earlier post – I would have forgotten. Yesterday was the anniversary by the day and today by the date.
The speech (at col. 43) was one of three maiden speeches that day. I was preceded by Lord Butler of Brockwell – the former Cabinet Secretary, Robin Butler – and followed by the Earl of Dunmore, a hereditary peer who had come from his home in Tasmania to make what was both his maiden and his last speech in the House: he wanted to speak before the hereditary peers were excluded.
I think I may go and celebrate with a cup of tea. I got back to Hull at 2.30 a.m. so I don’t think I can manage anything more energetic.