Members of the House of Lords do not have their own individual offices. We have to share. Mine, as regular readers will know, is shared with several other peers. This, I hasten to add, is not a problem; quite the reverse – it is a valuable means of keeping in touch with what is going on as well as using colleagues as a valuable source of information. The office also has the advantage of being well appointed. Some members have offices with windows that look out on walls. I have the good fortune of looking out on Westminster Abbey. The picture – taken this morning – shows the view from the window by my desk. I don’t get much chance to take advantage of it. Yesterday, I was so tied up with business, including a five-hour stint in the chamber, that I didn’t even notice the weather. Nonetheless, it is a fantastic view.
At the bottom of the picture, you will see the statue of Richard the Lionheart, sword held aloft – ready to smite any advocates of an elected second chamber….