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Slip of the tongue…

On occasion, speakers experience a slip of the tongue.  In yesterday’s debate on the Queen’s Speech in the Lords, it happened twice.  The minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, in opening the debate made what is now the classic slip in … Continue reading

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A labour of love…

Or a trip down memory lane… In an earlier post, I said how pleased I was to see that it was now possible to obtain copies of my first book, Dissension in the House of Commons 1945-74, in a softcover … Continue reading

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I got an ‘Oh!’

Hansard in the House of Lords, unlike in the Commons, tends not to record interventions ‘[interrpution], [laughter]’.  If there is a notable outburst of laughter or protest, it is recorded as ‘Noble Lords: Oh’.  When I checked my speech online, … Continue reading

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Recording a gesture…

The job of Hansard reporters is a demanding one.  Members sometimes are not always clear in what they say or how they say it, and sometimes employ words that are problematic.  Conveying in writing what is clear when a peer speaks … Continue reading

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Don’t they know who I am?

I did not speak during the marathon session on Monday but for different reasons I was referred to by three peers.  However, it appears that it may not only have been peers who were tired.  Lord Anderson referred to me … Continue reading

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Setting a precedent?

The House discussed an important Private Member’s Bill last Friday – Lord Lester’s Defamation Bill.  In responding, Justice Minister Lord McNally made an important statement.  However, his opening words also caught my eye: “The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice … Continue reading

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