Monthly Archives: February 2019

Where are the orators?

The present state of British politics is pretty parlous. There are major issues to be confronted, but in seeking to articulate answers and give a lead politicians are not notable for their capacity to articulate what needs be to be … Continue reading

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Debating Private Members’ Bills

Sir Christopher Chope, the MP for Christchurch, has attracted widespread criticism for his action last Friday in blocking a Private Member’s Bill to protect girls from female genital mutilation.  In the Commons, Private Members’ Bills that have not been allocated time … Continue reading

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Enhancing Degree Apprenticeships

I chair the Higher Education Commission, which draws members from business, academe, and Parliament, and which holds inquiries designed to enhance higher education.  I co-chair each inquiry.  Our latest report, on degree apprenticeships, was published on Tuesday and launched in … Continue reading

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