Monthly Archives: June 2016

An early general election?

What have John Humphreys, Frank Field, and friends of Boris Johnson got in common?  They all believe that a new Prime Minister could call an early general election.  John Humphreys raised the prospect of the PM going to the Palace … Continue reading

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Why was there a referendum?

In the post-war era, the issue of European integration has been a fault line of British politics.  Both main parties have been divided internally  and both have changed their stance on the issue.  However, there has been no formal requirement … Continue reading

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Rules matter…

Institutions are not neutral in their effect.  They operate on the basis of processes and rules.  What those rules are can affect outcomes.  Had the Labour Party adopted the same rules for electing the  leader as the Conservative Party, Jeremy … Continue reading

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MPs and constituency service

The appalling death of Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, generated considerable reflection on the role of an MP.   There was recognition that MPs are generally dedicated public servants.  Jo Cox was a remarkably able and dedicated Member.  She … Continue reading

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Views from the Vatican

I thought I would share with readers two groups of photographs taken from the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican on 3-4 June.  The first comprises photographs I took from within the grounds.  The … Continue reading

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Speaking at the Vatican

On Friday, I spoke at the two-day Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime held at the Vatican.  As readers will doubtless be aware, I am not a judge, nor am I an expert on human trafficking or organised … Continue reading

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Getting there – eventually..

I was in Rome on Friday and Saturday attending the Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime, held at the Vatican.  The picture shows the venue, the Casina Pio IV, in the Vatican grounds.  I spoke on the Friday.  I will … Continue reading

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