Cracking news

Despatch Box in the Atrium

At the end of the afternoon yesterday, I popped over to the Despatch Box in the Atrium in Portcullis House for a cup of tea.  The plan was to get on with essay marking, but as usual various people saw me and we ended up dealing with parliamentary business.   I had not even got to the Despatch Box before an MP saw me and came to discuss matters relating to an all-party group.  As I was having my tea, a minister came over to pursue an issue I had raised with him, and as I was leaving I bumped into an MP and a peer and spent some time exchanging views on parliamentary tactics. 

It was only when I got back to my office that I saw this news item, reporting that earlier in the afternoon a pane of glass in the roof of the Atrium had cracked and the area had had to be secured.  I was completely oblivious to the fact that anything had happened and certainly by the time I arrived everyone was acting as normal.   Either that or I was so engrossed in what I was doing I completely missed what was happening in the vicinity.  It has been known…


About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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2 Responses to Cracking news

  1. ladytizzy says:

    “Built to last 200 years, Portcullis House has bomb-proof walls and windows…”

    Pity they forgot about the roof.

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