Monthly Archives: September 2012

Giving evidence

I gave evidence yesterday to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the Commons as part of their inquiry into legislative standards.  I was appearing alongside Lord Maclennan and MP Nick Raynsford.  It was very much a case of singing … Continue reading

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At the Paralympics

I was at the Paralympic Games a week last Sunday.  Here’s the picture of me at the ExCel Centre.  I was there, courtesy of a friend (Craig Beaumont) who got tickets, for the table-tennis.  The atmosphere, as throughout the Games, was … Continue reading

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Eminent Parliamentarians

All the editorial work on Eminent Parliamentarians – the volume of Speaker’s Lectures held last year to mark the centenary of the passage of the Parliament Act 1911 – is now complete.   It has taken longer than expected, though the … Continue reading

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Those were the days

At dinner on Friday evening, one story I recounted of my undergraduate days was when I gave a paper in a class on political theory.  The students in those days tended to be very much on the left.  I was … Continue reading

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Keeping fit

If I can get somewhere by train rather than by plane, I’ll take the train.  If I can get somewhere on foot rather than by car or public transport, I will walk.  Last Friday, evening I was in Sheffield for … Continue reading

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A rant on behalf of tea drinkers

Why don’t we have tea-only cafes or at the very least separate queues for coffee and tea when ordering drinks?  I get fed up of being stuck behind people ordering new-fangled coffee – latte, expresso, whatever – which not only takes … Continue reading

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And another one

Another anniversary!  This year marks the 40th anniversary of my graduation from the University of Sheffield.  I shall be at a dinner on Friday hosted by the Vice-Chancellor for some of us who graduated in politics.  A fellow graduate who will be … Continue reading

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