Monthly Archives: June 2013

Promoting citizenship education

I spoke in a debate on Thursday on a citizenship programme in schools.  You can read the speech here.  I have long been an advocate of citizenship teaching in schools and was very pleased when it was made part of … Continue reading

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A challenging competition…

Time for another competition, as these seem popular with readers.  However, this time I thought I would set a real challenge.   The picture on the right is ‘The Trial of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford’ by Thomas A. Woolnoth.  Strafford was … Continue reading

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Improving the quality of legislation

In my previous post, I mentioned my contribution to last week’s Question for Short Debate on improving the quality of legislation.  I made the case for a number of changes that would, in my view, improve the legislative process in … Continue reading

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Getting around…

I seem to have been getting into the habit of working late at the Lords, not normally leaving until 11.00 p.m. or even midnight.  Usually, there is little relationshp between when the House rises and when I leave.  Yesterday was … Continue reading

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Reforming the Lords

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in the House of Commons is undertaking an inquiry into ‘The House of Lords: what next?’ essentially exploring what, if anything, can be done in the present Parliament to enable the House to carry … Continue reading

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I got an ‘Oh!’

Hansard in the House of Lords, unlike in the Commons, tends not to record interventions ‘[interrpution], [laughter]’.  If there is a notable outburst of laughter or protest, it is recorded as ‘Noble Lords: Oh’.  When I checked my speech online, … Continue reading

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Oh Dear…

During the two-day debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill earlier this week, there were moving speeches from various members of the House who are gay and reference was variously made to the speeches of Lord Browne of Madingley, … Continue reading

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