Parliament resumed sitting yesterday. I missed the sitting because I was in Lincoln receiving an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Lincoln. It was quite a splendid ceremony, held in Lincoln Cathedral, followed by a reception in the grounds of the Castle. In my speech, I emphasised that I was particularly honoured by the degree because it was awarded by the university of my home county and also because, given that I operate at the interface of law and politics (especially in writing about the constitution), it complemented my existing qualifications which are all in political science. It also provided me with the opportunity to stress the need for students of law to understand the process by which law is made and for students of politics to know how law is interpreted and applied.
There were photographs taken prior to the ceremony and, such is modern technology, I was presented with copies at the reception. I’ll be posting one shortly. When I mentioned to a friend that I would be receiving the award, he asked if that meant there would be photographs. When I confirmed there would be, he said ‘I suppose that takes care of your Christmas cards then?’ (When I got my peerage, I used the picture of me in my robes to adorn my Christmas cards that year.) I had not given any thought to such a possibility, but now I think about it….