Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

No clear intellectual case….

I recently took part in discussion on amendments to the Psychoactive Substances Bill, a measure introduced by Government to ban so-called ‘legal highs’.  To achieve this, the Bill bans the production and supply of all psychoactive substances, but then proceeds to exempt … Continue reading

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The Bagehot caption competition

At the beginning of the month, I visited Langport in Somerset to take part in the 4th Annual  Bagehot Debate, opposing the motion ‘It’s time for a  new Magna Carta’.  Held at the Huish Academy, Lord Tyler and pupil Douglas Stephenson … Continue reading

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Not all it is cracked up to be?

On Tuesday evening, I gave a public lecture at the University on ‘The Continuing Relevance of Magna Carta: Symbol or Substance?’  There was an impressive attendance, clearly reflecting interest in the subject.  My purpose was to provide the background to King … Continue reading

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Parliament: a new assertiveness?

In an earlier post, I drew attention to a chapter I had written on Parliament for the 8th edition of The Changing Constitution, edited by Jeffery Jowell, Dawn Oliver and Colm O’Cinneide, and being published by Oxford University Press.  The … Continue reading

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The case for a constitutional convocation

I took part last week in the debate on the Queen’s Speech on the day when we focused on constitutional issues.  I was concerned not to address particular measures, but rather to stand back at look more broadly at what … Continue reading

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Charles Kennedy and Parliament

The death of Charles Kennedy came as a great shock.  He will be much missed.  He spent the whole of his working life as an MP and I knew him for most of his years in Parliament.  He was not … Continue reading

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Correcting a correction…..

Various media have now corrected the claim that Mhairi Black, the 20-year-old SNP MP, is the youngest MP since 1667.  The Times Higher Education carried an article reporting on my posts pointing out that she is the youngest since 1832.  The Times published … Continue reading

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