Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords

The Coalition Effect

I have a number of articles and chapters now in the process of being published.  I have already drawn attention to my chapter on the oratory of Enoch Powell.  Another chapter is on the Conservative Party during the period of … Continue reading

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And then ‘I moonwalk’…

Many thanks to all those who entered the latest caption competition.  The entries were notable for their quantity and quality.  The picture clearly lent itself to some innovative and witty contributions.  Most entries focused on my hand gesture.  Some readers, … Continue reading

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The oratory of Enoch Powell

My paper on the oratory of Enoch Powell has now been published in the volume Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron, edited by Richard Hayton and Andrew S. Crines.  In the chapter, I utilise the three modes that form the … Continue reading

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Fixed-term Parliaments Act – again

I have just been reading the article, ‘Who governs Britain?’ by Simon Heffer in the latest issue of The New Statesman.  He falls into the category of those who get wrong the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  He thinks that if … Continue reading

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February Caption Competition

The picture for this month’s caption competition is of me illustrating a point to students from the Open University.  As usual, the winner will be the reader who offers what in my view is the wittiest and most apposite caption.  … Continue reading

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Annoying phrases…

Someone in a recent Tweet opened with ‘There is no question that..’ which immediately irritated me as it was on an issue where there clearly was a question.  It reminded me of phrases that annoy me.   Readers may well add others.  … Continue reading

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In rabble-rousing mode…

On Tuesday of last week, Report stage of the Recall of MPs Bill was taken in the Lords.  The Bill has not proved universally popular.  I was variously on my feet, contributing to debate on a number of amendments.  The … Continue reading

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