It has been another of those weeks, teaching, marking, being present for the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, and working on the draft report for the Public Administration Committee in the Commons. Trying to juggle the tasks hasn’t always worked out as smoothly as I would wish. There were two amendments to the PVSC Bill on which I would have liked to speak, but each came up at a time when I was away from the chamber – and each earlier than expected – with the result that I was too late to contribute. (You are not expected to speak unless you are present from the beginning of a debate.) The House has managed to rise by about 10.00 p.m. but I have been stuck at my desk considerably later.
Distinctive features of this week? I share a room with several peers. One of them, Lord Lucas, arranged lunch today for the rest of us with Philip Blond, Director of ResPublica, who is reponsible for generating the concept of the Big Society. Five of us attended from the office. It was a rather enjoyable seminar. Philip Blond also remembered attending my classes in Hull. Tomorrow morning I head off to Lancashire to give a paper at Edge Hill University on parliamentary scrutiny of European legislation. All I need to do now is write the paper…. As I say, it has been one of those weeks.