I occasionally get cited in the press, more often than not in The Times or The Daily Telegraph. On odd occasions, I get a mention (not necessarily helpful, as the recent example of Quentin Letts shows) in other newspapers. However, references to me have suddenly become a feature of The Guardian. As covered in a recent post, there was a complimentary reference in an article by Martin Kettle to my chapter in Britain at the Polls 2010. Last week, I was mentioned in succeeding issues. On Thursday, the ‘paper covered publication of the Constitution Committee’s report on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill. To demonstrate the calibre of the committee it named some of the members:
“The group includes constitutional expert Lord Norton; former cabinet minister Lord Crickhowell; Lord Renton; Lord Powell, adviser to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street; former Lib Dem leader in the Lords, Lord Rodgers; and the former lord chancellor Lord Irvine.”
Then on Friday it covered the appearance of the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, before the Constitution Committee, when he had criticised the use of Henry VIII powers, not least in the context of Schedule 7 of the Public Bodies Bill. It went on:
“Lord Norton, a leading constitutional expert and Tory peer, acknowledged yesterday that Judge’s criticisms make the government’s plans unsustainable.”
Having been elevated from constitutional expert to a leading constitutional expert within the course of 24 hours, I am now wondering if I should read the ‘paper regularly to see what I have become as and when there is another reference to me….