Keeping it short

Lord Grenfell

As some readers may have noticed, I was followed in last week’s debate on the Government’s proposals for the House of Lords by Lord Grenfell:

“Lord Grenfell:My Lords, following the noble Lord, Lord Norton of Louth, I am tempted to utter a loud “hear, hear” and resume my seat.

A noble Lord: Hear, hear!”

Lord Grenfell nonetheless carried on and went on to make an excellent speech….


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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3 Responses to Keeping it short

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    “Brevity is the soul of wit…” However, the Shakespearean context does little to strenghten the aphorism and yet does not avoid giving it some support either. It is a whole part of the art of speechmaking to give speeches connected to and supportive of other recent speeches. I consider it one of the more difficult skills as it sort of goes against the disciplines often used on other occasions. I feel in our Congress it has almost disappeared.

  2. ladytizzy says:

    I’m trying to formulate a question around Lords’ reform and Baroness Ashton. Can anyone help, either with the question or the answer?

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