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The disappearing snail mail….

This is my annual post on mail received in Parliament. As regular readers know, at the start of each year I table a parliamentary question asking how many items of correspondence were received in the Palace of Westminster in the previous … Continue reading

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Making sense of the constitution

The atmosphere in both Houses is markedly different from what it was last year.  The political situation has been transformed.  There is a sense if not of normalcy, then at least of some stability.  One of the manifestations of this … Continue reading

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Westminster v York

The media have been carrying reports that the Government is considering a proposal to move the House of Lords to York or some other ‘northern’ city.  (Apparently Birmingham has also been mentioned, which admittedly is north of London.)  I have … Continue reading

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The start of a new decade?

The BBC, as they did ten years ago, are offering reviews of the past decade, believing 1 January 2020 is the start of a new decade.  The new decade starts on 1 January 2021, just as the new millennium started … Continue reading

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And the winner is…..

No, not the general election – we know who won that – but the caption competition.  The competition, unlike the election, has been a close-run thing.  There were several very inventive and amusing entries, all meeting the ‘laugh out loud’ … Continue reading

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What makes for an effective parliamentarian?

Contributing to a panel at the recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) 68th Westminster Seminar, on effective parliaments, I identified what I see as the five essential elements for parliamentarians to be effective in carrying out their jobs. 1) Powers. The … Continue reading

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By popular demand…. a caption competition

At a time of bad weather, dark nights and a general election campaign, there may be a case for  a bit of light relief, so time for another caption competition.  This picture (suggested for the competition by Ken Batty, who … Continue reading

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