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RIP Lord Armstrong of Ilminster

I was very sad to hear the news of the death of Lord Armstrong of Ilminster.  Although physically ailing, he was mentally fit and continued to attend the Lords.  I saw him regularly when he was Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

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The value of dissenting opinions

In some judicial systems, there is no provision for judges to offer opinions dissenting from those of the majority.  It is different in both the US and UK, where some notable dissenting opinions have been delivered in the highest courts.  … Continue reading

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Standing in for the Prime Minister…

Downing Street announced earlier in the week that should the Prime Minister become incapacitated through illness, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, will stand in for him. Although the term ‘designated survivor’ has been used, it appears … Continue reading

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Interrogating Tweets….

When I gave the after-dinner speech to Hull University Politics Society last week, I reiterated a point I have made before (as have others – I regard it as a necessary rather than original point), namely that the Internet enables … Continue reading

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More blogging….

One consequence of working from home is likely to be more posts on this blog.  Given that readers will be bombarded with material, authoritative or otherwise, on the current crisis, there is little point in my contributing to that (and … Continue reading

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Don’t judge a book by its cover….

Although I think the cover of the forthcoming Governing Britain is an attractive one, it is the content that counts.  Given that, I thought it may be worthwhile listing the contents so that any reader minded to buy a copy … Continue reading

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Governing Britain – special offer…

Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and Our Ambiguous Constitution is now in press and is being published by Manchester University Press in May, priced at £16.99. The book derives from the recognition that our uncodified constitution is marked by what Michael … Continue reading

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