Marking the centenary of the 1911 Parliament Act

Next year marks the centenary of the passage of the Parliament Act 1911.  Various events are being held to commemorate the event.  I seem to be a beneficiary in that it has resulted in various speaking invitations- well, two anyway.

The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, is organising a series of lectures on eminent parliamentarians.  There will be one each month.   The first will be given in January when Lord Morgan (the historian Ken Morgan) speaks on Lloyd George.   I will be giving the lecture, in June, on Enoch Powell.

Later in the year I will be giving the History of Parliament Annual Lecture on the subject of the 1911 Act.  I will need to reflect on how far I examine the consequences of the Act, especially if by that stage a draft Bill on Lords reform has appeared!

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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6 Responses to Marking the centenary of the 1911 Parliament Act

  1. Carl.H says:

    Would love to hear your thoughts on Enoch, I feel he was much maligned for what in essence was a predictive speech rather than something heartfelt.

    • djb13 says:

      He was also an almighty racist. That speech was somewhat misrepresented, but that doesn’t in any way reduce how much of a total ‘culture secretary’ he was towards ethnic minorities.

      • Lord Norton says:

        djb13: He once spoke at a gathering of students and one student – not, I might add, a Hull student – made the mistake of accusing him of being a racist. Enoch Powell responded in a way that disabused the student of the notion.

    • Lord Norton says:

      Carl.H: I shall be focusing on his role as a parliamentarian. I knew him and we spent some time discussing parliamentary issues. He was also always extremely generous with his time in meeting my students – I don’t think he ever declined a request to speak to them. His capacity to deliver, without notes, a beautifully crafted speech was remarkable.

  2. Carl.H says:

    I`m not disagreeing with you. Please show, tell me how you conclude him being an almighty racist ?

    I think these were perhaps different times and maybe judging by todays standards maybe incorrect. I`m open to evidence.

  3. Tim R says:

    Lord Norton,

    I’ve been trying (and failing) to find information on this lecture series – do you know where I might find the appropriate detail? I’d be especially keen to hear your thoughts on Enoch Powell – a thoroughly remarkable man whichever way you look at him.

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