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Eleanor Rathbone lecture

In an earlier post, I reported details of the Speaker’s Lecture I gave last November on Eleanor Rathbone, the remarkable Independent MP who sat in the Commons from 1929 until her death in January 1946. During her service in the … Continue reading

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The winner…

A drum roll…   I can now announce the winner of the latest caption competition.  There were some very good entries.  Indeed, I don’t think that on this occasion there was a duff submission.  Put another way, you were all possible … Continue reading

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The EU debate

This evening I chaired a debate, organised by the Centre for Opposition Studies, on Westminster v Brussels? British opposition to the EU, with Graham Brady MP arguing the case for British exit from the EU and Sir Vince Cable arguing the … Continue reading

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April caption competition

This month’s caption competition shows me and Dr Matt Beech at a PSA specialist group on Conservatives and Conservatism event, taken some time ago.   As usual, the challenge is to come up with a caption that is witty and particularly appropriate … Continue reading

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Tony Blair and the office of PM

I have written various pieces about Tony Blair as Prime Minister, not least the extent to which his lack of understanding of government loosened the glue that holds our political system together.  As I wrote in my chapter (‘Tony Blair … Continue reading

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More on the Strathclyde Review

In a previous post, I drew attention to the limitations – indeed the dangers – of the review by Lord Strathclyde, published in December, of how the House of Lords deals with secondary legislation.  Two committees of the House have now … Continue reading

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How not to legislate…

The Scotland Bill received its Third Reading in the Lords yesterday.  The Bill is an exercise in how not to legislate. The Government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission.  No limits were set, so when the Commission made … Continue reading

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