In autumn of last year, I spoke at two conferences, one in Bern and the other at the French National Assembly in Paris. This autumn, I shall also be travelling twice to the continent to speak. As regular readers will know, I am giving a Lectio magistralis at the Italian Chamber of Deputies (pictured) in Rome. This is to take place on 13 November, on the subject of ‘The role of the Parliament in the modern age’. I have also agreed to speak the following month to the Dutch Society for Constitutional Law, looking at the changing role of the legislature in relation to other branches of government. The conference is taking place at the University of Leiden. I spoke to the society’s conference six years ago, when it was held in Maastricht.
Readers will not be surprised to learn that I shall be travellling to both by train. I have been busy making the arrangments. I have been to Leiden before, but this will be a first for travelling to Rome. My previous visits to Italy were be air. Train travel allows me to see the country as well as get on with work. It also has the advantage that I avoid flying!