Author Archives: Lord Norton

About Lord Norton

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

Constitution under pressure…

August was a busy month writing, whereas September has seen a shift from writing to speaking.  On 14 September, I was part of a panel (pictured right) at the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law seminar on … Continue reading

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Who speaks for Parliament?

My article, ‘Speaking for Parliament,’ has been published online by Parliamentary Affairs.  It will be appearing in a print edition in due course.  It is based on my Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture, delivered in Speaker’s House in July. The theme … Continue reading

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Dispelling myths….

As regular readers will know, I have variously taken issue with claims that are incorrect, but which have continued to be recycled by commentators.  I suspect the problem is exacerbated nowadays by the fact that commercial pressures and a 24-hours … Continue reading

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The busiest month?

August is the one month of the year that is both in the university vacation and parliamentary recess.  I therefore have no undergraduate teaching and no formal parliamentary commitments.  I normally have few meetings scheduled.  One would assume it is … Continue reading

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The problems of syntax

I am not sure if it is me just getting more irritable or if standards in the media are slipping (I appreciate the two are not mutually exclusive), but I get irritated whenever I see a story in which a reporter writes ‘lead’ … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a dame…

On the BBC Today programme this morning, Baroness Grey-Thompson was interviewed about this year’s Paralympic Games, but she was referred to throughout as Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.   This is not the first time a Baroness has been referred to as Dame.  … Continue reading

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More from the Vatican

 In an earlier post on my participation at the Judges’ Summit held at the Vatican on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime, I promised to publish more pictures of the occasion.  These are some of the official photographs.  The one on the … Continue reading

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