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Summer caption competition…

A question variously asked by some readers is not ‘When is your next scholarly post? The nation awaits’ but ‘When is the next caption competition?’  Conscious that some months have passed since the last one, here is one to test … Continue reading

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Brace, brace, brace…

I find fascinating National Geographic channel programmes on why ‘planes crash.  As a result, I have seen a fair number on ‘planes crash landing.  Watching them doesn’t do much to dispel my dislike of flying.  It occurs to me that … Continue reading

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Bringing scholars and parliamentarians together

In 1994, I organized a Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, designed to draw together academics and members of parliaments so that research findings likely to be of practical interest to parliamentarians could be presented and discussed.  It was co-sponsored … Continue reading

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Magna Carta to Brexit…

The academic term may have ended, but I am still the throes of marking as well as speaking on a range of topics – not least Magna Carta, peers’ voting rights, and Brexit, though not necessarily in that order – … Continue reading

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Should peers be allowed to vote for MPs?

On Friday, the House of Lords will debate a Private Member’s Bill that has the single purpose of removing the ban on members of the Lords voting in elections for Members of the House of Commons. In 1699 the House … Continue reading

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Becoming an Honorary Senior Fellow

Yesterday, I was at Regent’s University London to be installed as an Honorary Senior Fellow, the university’s equivalent of bestowing an honorary degree.  (I already have an honorary degree, from Lincoln University, so it is nice to have a separate … Continue reading

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Post-18 education and apprenticeships

We recently had two debates in the Lords – just two days apart – that enabled me to speak on post-18 education and degree apprenticeships, the latter the subject of the most recent report from the Higher Education Commission.  I … Continue reading

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