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Fixed-term Parliaments Act – again

I have just been reading the article, ‘Who governs Britain?’ by Simon Heffer in the latest issue of The New Statesman.  He falls into the category of those who get wrong the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.  He thinks that if … Continue reading

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February Caption Competition

The picture for this month’s caption competition is of me illustrating a point to students from the Open University.  As usual, the winner will be the reader who offers what in my view is the wittiest and most apposite caption.  … Continue reading

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Annoying phrases…

Someone in a recent Tweet opened with ‘There is no question that..’ which immediately irritated me as it was on an issue where there clearly was a question.  It reminded me of phrases that annoy me.   Readers may well add others.  … Continue reading

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In rabble-rousing mode…

On Tuesday of last week, Report stage of the Recall of MPs Bill was taken in the Lords.  The Bill has not proved universally popular.  I was variously on my feet, contributing to debate on a number of amendments.  The … Continue reading

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What if?

I don’t normally engage in ‘what if?’ reflections, but one has variously struck me.  Alan Turing (pictured) is credited with making a major contribution to shortening World War II by two years or more as a result of his work … Continue reading

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Parliamentarianism in Europe

My first publication of 2015 has now appeared.  It is a chapter on ‘Continuity and change in parliamentarianism in twenty-first century European politics’ in the massive (984pp) Routledge Handbook of European Politics, edited by Jose Magone.  The chapter identifies the … Continue reading

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Is there a need to reform trial by jury?

I spent the first two weeks of the year on jury service at Southwark and Blackfriars Crown Court (pictured).  It was a fairly time-consuming exercise, even though court sittings could be described at times as leisurely.  Part of the time … Continue reading

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