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The Bagehot caption competition

At the beginning of the month, I visited Langport in Somerset to take part in the 4th Annual  Bagehot Debate, opposing the motion ‘It’s time for a  new Magna Carta’.  Held at the Huish Academy, Lord Tyler and pupil Douglas Stephenson … Continue reading

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Not all it is cracked up to be?

On Tuesday evening, I gave a public lecture at the University on ‘The Continuing Relevance of Magna Carta: Symbol or Substance?’  There was an impressive attendance, clearly reflecting interest in the subject.  My purpose was to provide the background to King … Continue reading

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Parliament: a new assertiveness?

In an earlier post, I drew attention to a chapter I had written on Parliament for the 8th edition of The Changing Constitution, edited by Jeffery Jowell, Dawn Oliver and Colm O’Cinneide, and being published by Oxford University Press.  The … Continue reading

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The case for a constitutional convocation

I took part last week in the debate on the Queen’s Speech on the day when we focused on constitutional issues.  I was concerned not to address particular measures, but rather to stand back at look more broadly at what … Continue reading

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Charles Kennedy and Parliament

The death of Charles Kennedy came as a great shock.  He will be much missed.  He spent the whole of his working life as an MP and I knew him for most of his years in Parliament.  He was not … Continue reading

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Correcting a correction…..

Various media have now corrected the claim that Mhairi Black, the 20-year-old SNP MP, is the youngest MP since 1667.  The Times Higher Education carried an article reporting on my posts pointing out that she is the youngest since 1832.  The Times published … Continue reading

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Debating the role of the second chamber

Having uploaded one video recently, I decided to follow it with another.  It is my speech in the debate on the report of the Joint Committee of the House of Lords Reform Bill in 2012.  I thought I would do … Continue reading

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