Tag Archives: House of Lords reform

You can’t make it up

The Liberal Democrats are to debate the issue of House of  Lords reform at their party conference.  The BBC reports that ‘Activists will be asked next month to vote on a motion describing the Lords as a democratic “outrage” and … Continue reading

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What the agreement actually says

I return to the subject of what is in the Coalition Agreement.  There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the agreement, not least claims it has been broken, but usually without reference to what it actually says.  Section … Continue reading

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Not a priority

A friend of mine commented that the Norton View  appeared to have become a one-subject blog recently.   I have no idea what he was talking about.  Anyway, back to the subject of Lords reform.  A recent Ipsos MORI poll has found that … Continue reading

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Not another one

I do despair of commentators who keep writing as if election of the second chamber is so obviously ‘democratic’ or esssential in a modern democracy, oblivious of the fact they are displaying an ignorance of the issue and certainly of the … Continue reading

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Spot the errors…

As readers will know, The Independent has not exactly shone in its coverage of the debate about the future of the House of Lords.  It goes from bad to worse.  In today’s edition, it has a section on asking the … Continue reading

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Getting desperate….

The Independent and now Unlock Democracy have been carrying pieces drawing attention to some peers who have not declared some interests or who have claimed expenses despite having a poor voting record.   This, they contend, makes the case for reform of … Continue reading

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The Magna Carta Lecture

For anyone interested in seeing the text of the Magna Carta lecture I gave at Lincoln Cathedral on Friday, it can now be downloaded from the Cathedral website here.

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