Monthly Archives: March 2016

More on the Strathclyde Review

In a previous post, I drew attention to the limitations – indeed the dangers – of the review by Lord Strathclyde, published in December, of how the House of Lords deals with secondary legislation.  Two committees of the House have now … Continue reading

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How not to legislate…

The Scotland Bill received its Third Reading in the Lords yesterday.  The Bill is an exercise in how not to legislate. The Government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission.  No limits were set, so when the Commission made … Continue reading

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Obtaining copies….

Further to my previous post, if any reader in the UK who is not on campus or in Westminster, and thus not able to collect copies personally, would like copies of both the Magna Carta and Founder’s Day Lectures, just send … Continue reading

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Founder’s Day and Magna Carta lectures

As regular readers will know, I gave a number of public lectures last year.  One was the University of Hull’s Founder’s Day Lecture, on 23 April, which I gave on the subject of Speaking for Hull: Thomas Ferens as Parliamentarian, … Continue reading

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The winning entry is…

There were some excellent entries for the caption competition.  I thought it was a challenging competition, but readers showed their usual ingenuity.  Some raised aspects I had not considered, not least barry winetrobe identifying a particular type of lodge.  (Mind … Continue reading

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The March caption competition

I appreciate that it is time for a new caption competition, so here is the one for March.  The picture was taken when I opened the Norton Lodge at my old school, Louth King Edward VI Grammar School.  The winner … Continue reading

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Tripping over names…

During a recent debate, Lord McAvoy (pictured), speaking from the Opposition Front Bench, stumbled slightly in trying to recall my name and decided that when we were debating amendments to the Scotland Bill last week he should seek to correct himself.  … Continue reading

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