Monthly Archives: May 2016

And the winner of the May contest…

There was an excellent crop of entries for the caption competition.  Not for the first time, I was spoiled for choice.  A number of entries had an EU theme, generating some wry humour, some cleverly linking the theme to the … Continue reading

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May caption competition

The picture for the May caption competition shows me chairing the debate on membership of the EU with Conservative MP Graham Brady (supporting leave) and Sir Vice Cable (supporting remain).  As ever, the winning entry will be the one that in … Continue reading

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Prisoner voting

I took part in a panel discussion last night at a conference in London on ‘Challenges to Implementing the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Dialogues on Prisoner Voting Rights’.  The panel comprised Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, … Continue reading

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Who holds referendums?

I was somewhat surprised that the Queen’s Speech contained the statement ‘My Government will hold a referendum on membership of the European Union’.   My concern is the terminology.  The Government may propose a referendum, but has no power of its own … Continue reading

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Legislative scrutiny in the House of Lords

I have received my copy of Parliament: Legislation and Accountability, edited by Alexander Horne and Andrew Le Seuer.  Part I looks at different aspects of the legislative process and Part 2 at accountability, including the regulation of lobbyists and the … Continue reading

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