It’s now after 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday and the House is still in committee on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. We are likely to rise about midnight. I thought I would take a few minutes to do a few super pseudo-tweets.
Morning devoted largely to an extended meeting of the Constitution Committee. Prior to our usual meeting, we had an informal session with Professor Margaret Wilson, a former Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, on the NZ Cabinet Manual, which was the model for the draft Cabinet Manual just produced by the Cabinet Secretary. Very helpful.
After lunch to the LSE to talk to the new cohort of Hansard Society Scholars. Speak on the British Constitution; session runs over by half-an-hour because of the number of questions.
Back to the House to speak at a reception in the Members’ Dining Room on ‘The future of citizenship education’ organised by Democratic Life. David Blunkett is the opening speaker and I am the closing speaker. We both make reference to our time together as classmates at university. I reiterate the importance of citizenship education as a prerequisite for achieving the Big Society. Without it, we are in danger of having a small society.
Keep spending time in the chamber as the House continues debate on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill. There is a division on an amendment at 7.00 p.m. The amendment is defeated by 203 votes to 133. Progress on the Bill is slow not so say glacial.
I have dinner with friends, unusually for me outside the House. Most Wednesdays, I am in between 8.00 and 9.00 a.m., as I was this morning, and don’t leave until 10.00 p.m. or later, never having set foot outside the Palace. For me to actually get out twice in one day is exceptional! At least I know what the weather has been like.
Tomorrow is going to be another day of meetings. I may do a few super pseudo-tweets…