I travelled to Glasgow yesterday by the West Coast main line, the first time I have travelled from London to Glasgow by this route. I was impressed. The tilting Pendolino trains are quite impressive: when they tilt it reminds me of a plane banking in preparation for landing.
I was there to give a Stevenson Lecture at Glasgow University on the subject of ‘Reform of the House of Lords?’ I was advised that attendance tends to be in the region of 50 to 75. In the event, there was an audience well in excess of 200. I am not used to the subject proving quite so popular. I developed two themes, putting the case against those who argued for election and the case for the House of Lords. I enjoyed it. As is clear from Raj’s comment in response to the previous post, some of those who attended are readers of this blog, so I had better leave it to others to comment, but I thought it was a very productive evening. There were some good questions, including on the spread of expertise in the different parts of the House, devolution, whether there was a case for unicameralism, and the place of the Lords Spiritual.
The lecture was filmed and will be put on the Stevenson Lecture website. I will, though, also have a paper copy available shortly for anyone interested in receiving a copy.
I received text messages during the evening, so I knew that I had not missed any votes in the Lords. I also got a text message to let me know that the House rose at 11.25 p.m. – early by current standards.