Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Yet more on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act…

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is again centre stage.  As regular readers know, this is an Act that has been the subject of several posts, usually for the purpose of correcting misunderstandings about its provisions. I gave evidence to the House … Continue reading

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Direct or representative democracy?

The current debate over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is toxic, with mutually exclusive stances taken, with each side ascribing bad faith to the other.  Within the parliamentary system, each side is using powers that they have at their … Continue reading

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Winners of the summer caption competition…

Deciding a winner for the summer caption competition was not easy.  Not only was there a good number of entries, there were plenty that were clever and witty.  In the event, I reduced it to a shortlist of four, each … Continue reading

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Summer caption competition…

A question variously asked by some readers is not ‘When is your next scholarly post? The nation awaits’ but ‘When is the next caption competition?’  Conscious that some months have passed since the last one, here is one to test … Continue reading

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Brace, brace, brace…

I find fascinating National Geographic channel programmes on why ‘planes crash.  As a result, I have seen a fair number on ‘planes crash landing.  Watching them doesn’t do much to dispel my dislike of flying.  It occurs to me that … Continue reading

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Bringing scholars and parliamentarians together

In 1994, I organized a Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, designed to draw together academics and members of parliaments so that research findings likely to be of practical interest to parliamentarians could be presented and discussed.  It was co-sponsored … Continue reading

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Magna Carta to Brexit…

The academic term may have ended, but I am still the throes of marking as well as speaking on a range of topics – not least Magna Carta, peers’ voting rights, and Brexit, though not necessarily in that order – … Continue reading

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