Tag Archives: Chris Mullin

Conflicting pressures

There is something of a tension between what electors expect MPs to do and their acceptance of the need to provide the resources necessary to carry out their jobs.  This to some extent is at the back of the expenses’ … Continue reading

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Chris Mullin honoured

At the recent degree ceremony at the University of Hull, Chris Mullin – who graduated from the University in 1969 with a law degree – was awarded an honorary doctorate.  I was his presenting officer.  I variously drew on extracts … Continue reading

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Another hectic week

I have just finished invigilating an examination.  This is the closest I suspect I will get this week to a period of relative quiet.  The rest of the week will be spent dashing between Westminster (the continuing saga of the … Continue reading

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Mullin on the Lords

In his latest diaries, Decline & Fall, Chris Mullin variously refers to the attempts by Jack Straw to achieve a largely elected second chamber.   He was one of the Labour MPs opposed to what was being proposed.  He writes about … Continue reading

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A question of judgment…

In response to a comment from Croft on my previous post, I drew attention to the value of comparing memoirs from politicians.  The exercise can provide useful insights. In his new book, Tony Blair argues that George W. Bush is far more intelligent … Continue reading

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Fame

Shortly after Chris Mullin published his first volume of diaries, he came to speak to the Hull Politics graduates association at Westminster.  He bought a box full of copies of his book to sell.  At the end, the box was … Continue reading

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