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The problems of syntax

I am not sure if it is me just getting more irritable or if standards in the media are slipping (I appreciate the two are not mutually exclusive), but I get irritated whenever I see a story in which a reporter writes ‘lead’ … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a dame…

On the BBC Today programme this morning, Baroness Grey-Thompson was interviewed about this year’s Paralympic Games, but she was referred to throughout as Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.   This is not the first time a Baroness has been referred to as Dame.  … Continue reading

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More from the Vatican

 In an earlier post on my participation at the Judges’ Summit held at the Vatican on Human Trafficking and Organised Crime, I promised to publish more pictures of the occasion.  These are some of the official photographs.  The one on the … Continue reading

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Winner of the July competition…

There were many very good entries for the July caption competition.  They made me laugh, but then created a problem in choosing a winner.  Not for the first time, I was spoiled for choice.   My initial short list wasn’t that … Continue reading

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July caption competition

I thought it may be time for a bit of light relief with another caption competition.  This picture shows me being interviewed recently by DeHavilland on the constitutional implications of the UK exiting the EU.  When I saw the picture, … Continue reading

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Freeman of the City of Kingston upon Hull

Yesterday, I and my colleague Lord Parekh were installed as Honorary Freemen of the City of Kingston upon Hull.  It was a remarkable honour in its own right, made all the more so by the fact that very few people … Continue reading

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No rerun of the referendum

I spoke in two debates in the Lords this week following the EU referendum on 23 June.  One point was common to both speeches.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had a debate on the outcome of the referendum.  I was speaker … Continue reading

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