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The value of parliamentarians

In a previous post, I raised the issue of how to value the work of the House of Lords.  How does one ascribe monetary value to thousands of improvements achieved to measures passing through Parliament?  In that post, I touched … Continue reading

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Twenty years a peer…

I have previously posted about being approached to accept a peerage, as well as doing a post on selecting my title.  The peerage itself took effect on ‘the forenoon of the first day in August’ 1998.  I was introduced into … Continue reading

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Higher education as an export

I recently initiated a debate in the Lords on the value to the United Kingdom of higher education as an export.  This refers to transactions between UK residents and non-residents and encompasses income from overseas students in the UK as … Continue reading

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If it’s Wednesday, it must be Liverpool…

The semester has ended.  Some people appear to think this mean academics can have a quieter time.  If only.  The only difference for me is that once the semester ends, life becomes somewhat more varied and peripatetic.  I still have … Continue reading

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Crisis in teaching citizenship

In an earlier post, I drew attention to the problems faced in secondary schools in teaching citizenship.  I quoted from the report of the Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement, The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in … Continue reading

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Responses to select committee reports

As regular readers will know, the House of Lords recently agreed a proposal that I put to the Leader of the House, namely that Government Departments that failed to publish their responses to Select Committee reports within two months of … Continue reading

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Portrait caption competition winner

There were some splendid entries for the portrait caption competition.  There were recurring themes, not least in relation to cakes and tea.  There were entries that may possibly be seen as appealing to my vanity.  More than one were based on the … Continue reading

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