I may be going to prison….

Lord Norton MSP_0918 copyOkay, it is only to visit.  Yesterday, was another full day.  In the morning, I was giving a talk to parliamentarians from different countries about the efficacy of parliaments in scrutinising legislation.  Between 1.00 and 2.30 p.m. I had to rush to fulfil four separate engagements, albeit two of them constituting essentially courtesy calls.  At 2.30 p.m., I attended the first meeting of the Joint Committee on the Draft Voter Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill.  It is a twelve-member committee – six members from each House.  We discussed our programme as well as agreeing a call for evidence.  In addition to possible oral evidence, we agreed that it would be appropriate to visit a prison to take evidence.   Whereas other select committees go on visits to exotic foreign climes (not that I ever allowed that when I chaired the Constitution Committee, unless you regard Brussels as exotic) our only trip looks like being to one of HM Prisons.

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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11 Responses to I may be going to prison….

  1. Baroness O'Cathain says:

    As you are always sartorially elegant I suggest that our office in the Lords should source a snazzy shirt with upturned V signs for the trip!

  2. Dean B says:

    What is your view on votes for prisoners?

  3. Neil M says:

    Was iit Richard Ingrams who said “My main fear (about going to prison) is the thought of Lord Norton coming to visit me.”?

  4. franksummers3ba says:

    In Louisiana incarceration is a very common conclusion to a long and distinguished political career. I thought I might have influenced you Governors Leche and Edwards, Commissioner Brown, Commissioner Roemer (father of a Governor) and others. Prison after all provides time to write and reflect. However, I think the consensus is that the surroundings are less appealing than those of Westminster Palace or a university like Hull. Perhaps it is not a tradition of ours for you to imitate; Now Governor Earl Long did spend some time in a mental hospital which was quite bit more pleasant in terms of grounds and architecture, but still less nice than your current digs I believe..

    • Lord Norton says:

      frankwsummers3ba: Your post brought back my memories because, as an undergraduate, I did quite a lot of reading on Huey Long, a remarkable individual. I spent many a happy hour reading about his exploits.

      • franksummers3ba says:

        He was a political genius in his time and place. His brother Earl and son Russel each held great power, FDR called him the most dangerous man in America. Leche and OK Allen both governed in his name. His Go For Broke corporate group was a private fortune of families and friends of very real size and he had a national network of friends and enemies. My cousin Dudley Leblanc who held a hundred percent of the stock of the second largest advertiser in the US at that time, forged ties between Acadiana and Acadie and was an author and philanthropist was also the leader of one of the political machines which most often opposed Longism although they sometimes cooperated. Another leader was my namesake and grandfather Chief Justice Summers’s neighbor who was a young man in the hey day of Huey but in later Longism would have his own army, navy and church with tacit consent of the real holders of such titles here — Leander Perez. In those days Louisiana politics could be rough. Now we are all back to being the cuddly rustics BP’s chairman affectionately called “the ;little people” a few years ago..

  5. maude ekwes says:

    This clip was filmed 6 years ago. Has there been any change since then?

    If the answer is no, isn’t it time to try a change of practice. Repeating the same scenario over again is unlikely to offer an alternative answer. And it is expensive. But then, prisons and all that goes with it is a money making business for those who work in it. Therefore, it is in the interests of those who facilitate to keep the revolving door spinning.

    Especially now it’s to be fully ‘privatized.’ Wnat to be the increase in offenders will soon double.

    And women’s prisons should be closed, they are rarely violent. And if they are, it is because they are psychotic. A prison term will not alleviate that condition.

    • maude ekwes says:

      That unintelligent line is supposed to read, ‘want to bet the increase in offenders will soon double.’

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