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The winner of the new year caption competition….

There were some good entries for the latest caption competition.  There were a few obvious themes as well as a number of rather innovative free-standing entries.  One of the themes was cake-related, a somewhat recurring topic in the caption competitions.  The most obvious theme was to … Continue reading

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Bringing back memories – my first book…

Reform of the House of Lords, being published in June, will be my 32nd book (or the 43rd if you include new editions).  My first, Dissension in the House of Commons 1945-74, was published by Macmillan in 1975.  It was a  643-page volume, … Continue reading

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Reform of the House of Lords

I have just completed checking the proofs of my next book, due out in June.  It is a short guide to reform of the House of Lords.  It considers the functions of  the House, previous attempts at reform, and the different approaches to the … Continue reading

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New year caption competition

I realise I have not yet posted a caption competition this year.  I knew it was time for action when an academic colleague asked when the next one would be.  The reception in December to mark the thirtieth anniversary of … Continue reading

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The continuing decline of parliamentary snail mail

As regular readers will know, each year I table a parliamentary question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous year (and, of these, what proportion was received in the House of Lords).  … Continue reading

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A time for serious debate…

The Supreme Court has issued its judgment in the Miller case and the Government have introduced the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.  Those are statement of facts.   The judgment and the consequences are much debated.  The problem is that … Continue reading

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The inauguration of a US President

One of my colleagues in the Lords, knowing that Donald Trump was to be inaugurated as President of the USA on Friday, asked if the inauguration was determined by the day (Friday) or the date (20 January).  It is the … Continue reading

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