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Making sense of the constitution

The atmosphere in both Houses is markedly different from what it was last year.  The political situation has been transformed.  There is a sense if not of normalcy, then at least of some stability.  One of the manifestations of this … Continue reading

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A Conservative view of the constitution

Earlier this month, I spoke to the Edinburgh University Philosophy Society on the Conservative view of the constitution. The photograph shows me with some of the officers of the Society following my talk. In large part, I drew on the … Continue reading

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Hectic schedule, light blogging

The past couple of weeks have been somewhat manic.  When at the Lords, I have been lucky if I have got away from the Palace before 11.00 p.m. – actually, thinking about it, I haven’t been that lucky – with … Continue reading

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The future of the constitution?

On Friday, I spoke on the Second Reading of the Constitutional Convention Bill, a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Lord Purvis of Tweed.  Even as a measure to establish a convention, it was flawed.  However, before addressing the particular flaws, … Continue reading

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Who oversees the constitution?

I am now back on the Constitution Committee of the Lords.  On Wednesday, we took evidence from the two Cabinet Office ministers, Oliver Letwin and John Penrose, and the President and Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger and … Continue reading

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What’s right with Parliament?

‘I spoke at the Hull Politics Sixth-Form Conference last September on ‘What’s right with Parliament?’  Parliament gets a great deal of criticism, some of it justified, but there are also developments which have strengthened it, not least in terms of scrutinising … Continue reading

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