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The significance of hybrid proceedings

The House of Lords, like other legislative chambers, has had to adapt quickly to the coronavirus crisis.  Fortunately, there is the technology available now for legislatures to meet virtually.  The House initially met for some proceedings in the chamber and … Continue reading

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Explaining the downfall of Margaret Thatcher

The fascinating BBC series Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, just shown again, highlighted the way in which Margaret Thatcher lost office.  There are essentially two explanations. One is that she was brought down, as Charles Powell put it, by ‘tearoom … Continue reading

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Voting electronically is easy, but should it be?

Yesterday (Monday) was a historic day in the House of Lords in that peers voted electronically.  There were four divisions.  There was a high turnout in each one and the process appeared to go smoothly.  (There had been various test … Continue reading

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Parliaments and referendums

As readers may have seen from earlier posts, I have various publications in the pipeline.  These include books – Governing Britain and the edited volume The Impact of Legislatures – as well as chapters and articles.  One chapter I penned … Continue reading

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Why the Conservatives lost in 1997

Last Saturday, BBC Parliament replayed their coverage on election night of the 1997 general election.  Like their replays of coverage of other elections, such as that of 1979, I found it fascinating.  I was also struck by the explanations offered … Continue reading

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Sending in federal troops… Little Rock 1957

The threat by President Trump to send in federal troops to quell riots in US cities prompts me to prepare a reprint of a paper I did as a student when at the University of Pennsylvania.  I completed a research … Continue reading

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Getting it down to a t…. The winner of the caption competition

There were some innovative entries for the caption competition.  As usual, I was spoiled for choice.   Most contributions focused on the fact that there was a missing t and linked it to my propensity for consuming tea.  They were … Continue reading

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Caption competition with a difference…

My assumption that I may have more time than before to do posts has not quite proved valid – I seem as busy as ever, especially given that we are in the midst of the marking system and I have … Continue reading

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35 years on… The Westminter trip 1985

This academic year is the first in over forty years in which I have not been able to take my students on a visit to Westminster (the consequence of a general election and the current crisis).  Checking the records in … Continue reading

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The Impact of Legislatures

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the forthcoming publication of The Impact of Legislatures, a volume to mark the 25th anniversary of the publication of The Journal of Legislative Studies. The journal appeared in print in 1995, the … Continue reading

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