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The political organisation of Parliament

I realise I did not do a post about another recent publication of mine.  This redresses that oversight.  I have a chapter on ‘The political organisation of Parliament’, in Exploring Parliament, edited by Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Louise Thompson.  The book, … Continue reading

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When MPs gather informally…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the paper I gave at the PSA Parliaments Group Conference late last year at the Scottish Parliament on the subject of social space in Parliament.  I have since revised the paper and … Continue reading

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The threat to politics…

Politics is normally defined as the process by which disputes as to outcomes of public policy are resolved peacefully.  That entails debate.  If there is unanimity there is no politics, as there is nothing to dispute.  If policy is imposed … Continue reading

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I am not usually good at remembering anniversaries, or rather I am, but just not on the relevant days.  I tend to recall them some time after the event.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of me receiving my peerage.  … Continue reading

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Politics UK: the latest edition

The 9th edition of Politics UK has just been published by Routledge.  It is a substantial volume of almost 700 pages.  My contribution has, as usual, focused on the constitution (chapter 14), Crown (ch. 15), Parliament (chs. 16, 17 and … Continue reading

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Calling Departments to account…

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the fact that I had suggested that whenever Government Departments failed to respond to select committee reports within two months, the name of the Department should be listed in House of Lords … Continue reading

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Restoration and renewal: moving out of the Palace

In January, the House of Commons debated whether to decant the Palace during the years when the essential restoration and renewal of the Palace is undertaken.  It agreed, by 236 votes to 220, to a full, rather than a partial, … Continue reading

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