Anorak alert

This will be of interest to the dedicated few.  The latest edition – the twenty-fourth – of Erskine May, or to be more precise Erskine May’s Treatise on The Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament, has just been published.  This edition is edited by the outgoing Clerk of the House of Commons, Dr Malcolm Jack.  I appreciate that, at £267, not everyone will be rushing to their local bookshop to place an order, but for anyone seriously interested in parliamentary procedure this is something you need to have in reaching distance.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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9 Responses to Anorak alert

  1. tory boy says:

    If we win a quiz on Lords of the blog will a copy of Erskine May be the prize?

  2. ladytizzy says:

    “This will be of interest to the dedicated few.” But is it of any use to me as an ‘ordinary’ member of the public?

    Amazon are advertising this edition at the knock-down price of £220 plus £2.80p+p. People who bought it also bought The Orange Book. Is this a commentary on the ability of those most likely to have ordered both, and will we find out when MPs’ expenses claims are published?

    • Lord Norton says:

      ladytizzy: I like to think it wiil be of use to anyone interested in understanding parliamentary procedure, but I am not sure that the interest of members of the public extends so far as to fork out over £200 for the privilege. Yes, I noticed on Amazon that those who bought it also bought the ‘Organge Book’. I’m still trying to work out why that should be so. Possibly only one or two purchasers so far, and one of them a Lib Dem?

  3. 21st century says:

    With a new edition every 6-8 years or so, and parliamentary procedures changing almost daily in some detail or other, hasn’t anyone wondered why this ‘parliamentary bible’ isn’t produced in online format, and regulary updated by the Clerks (who presumably maintain some form of internal updating system in-House for their own use)?

    Now, that would be a genuine and useful example of ‘public engagement/outreach’…..

  4. David Morris says:

    I have questioned the price in the past. I understand that it’s a substantial publication, but it seems a little to much for a document that (essentially) explains the workings of the UK representative body to the UK population.

    I do hope that (one day) it’s made available as a PDF or turned into an e-Book

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