Monthly Archives: April 2015

The impact of a local MP

Last Thursday I delivered the University’s Founder’s Day Lecture at Holy Trinity Church, Hull.  The picture shows me in full flow.  As mentioned in my earlier post, my topic was Thomas Ferens as a  parliamentarian.  Ferens was founder of the … Continue reading

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What if a candidate dies?

Readers may recall that in the 2005 general election, the Liberal Democrat candidate in Staffordshire South died and the election in the seat was deferred.   A friend asked me recently why, following the death of former Eurovision singer, Ronnie Carroll, who … Continue reading

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What’s right with Parliament?

‘I spoke at the Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference last September on ‘What’s right with Parliament?’  Parliament gets a great deal of criticism, some of it justified, but there are also developments which have strengthened it, not least in terms of scrutinising … Continue reading

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The winning entry…

There were some witty and innovative entries for the Easter caption competition.  There was a natural tendency to focus on the cone, though others picked up on the leg, and the columns, appearing to be attached to my head.  One … Continue reading

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Easter caption competition

A friend was keen to point out that it is time for another caption competition, so for this one I have selected a picture of a windswept me taken in Glasgow last year.  I was on my way to speak at … Continue reading

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Lecture on Hull MP

This year I have been invited to give two public lectures, each addressing the life of a particular parliamentarian.  Later this year, I shall be giving another Speaker’s Lecture at Westminster, this time on the remarkable Independent MP, Eleanor Rathbone.  … Continue reading

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A leading political commentator? Moi?

I am not used to appearing in lists of people who are the leading figures in this or that field.  I think one can safely assume I am not going to be a candidate for anything to do with money, … Continue reading

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