Monthly Archives: May 2011

Clegg before the committee

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, appeared before the Constitution Committee yesterday morning as part of our inquiry into the process of constitutional change.  Given the timing, we also explored the issue of Lords reform.  I was keen to put the debate … Continue reading

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White Paper and draft Bill

The Government today published its White Paper and House of Lords Reform Draft Bill.  It bears out my previous comments.  It is truly stunning in its apparent ignorance of history, the impact of electoral systems and indeed political reality.  It … Continue reading

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As bad as one another…

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, appeared before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons on Thursday.  On the issue of the House of Lords, he followed the line taken by Hilary Benn earlier in the week, arguing … Continue reading

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Media tart

I forgot to mention (being the modest sort that I am) that I had to go via the BBC studios in Hull on Monday, on my way to the station, in order to record an interview for the BBC World … Continue reading

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Rushing around…

Been a reasonably busy week, hence fairly light blogging.  Here’s a few super pseudo tweets to cover what I’ve been doing. Monday:  Into the office on campus and then the train to London: get to Westminster in time for divisions on the Public Bodies … Continue reading

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An absence of joined-up thinking…

I have just been listening to Hilary Benn, the Shadow Leader of the House, give a Hansard Society lecture on Parliament and the Public.   He touched upon the issue of reform of the Lords, or rather replacing it with a new … Continue reading

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A change in direction?

The results of the referendum were remarkable.  For the No vote to triumph over the Yes vote by a margin of more than two to one was a staggering success for the ‘No to AV’ campaign.  Survey data revealed that the more AV … Continue reading

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