Yesterday, in both the the morning and the afternoon, I attended evidence-taking sessions of an inquiry being undertaken by the All-Party Group on Drug Policy Reform. The sessions, like others last month, were extremely illuminating, highlighting the problems faced by different public bodies in seeking to enforce the law. In between the sessions, I spoke at a conference on ‘The Coming Year in Parliament’ – I was on a panel discussing constitutional reform.
The day concluded with a discussion recorded for broadcast tomorrow (Saturday) on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Week in Westminster’ programme. I was debating with Douglas Carswell MP the merits of referendums. He is a great advocate; I was invited to take part to express a more sceptical view, so I duly obliged. It proved both lively and enjoyable. We did, though, agree on one thing – it’s referendums and not referenda.