Tag Archives: Speaker’s Lectures

The perils of being an Independent MP

My Speaker’s Lecture on 21 January addressed the relationship of Parliament and political parties.  My argument was that parties need Parliament and Parliament needs parties.  Parties are necessary, but not sufficient, for Parliament to fulfil its key functions.  I addressed the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

I trust all readers had a Merry Christmas.  I did think about doing a post on Christmas Day, but then I decided that writing about the Draft Deregulation Bill may not appear that festive.  I may shortly do a review … Continue reading

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Eminent Parliamentarians

Readers may be interested in this forthcoming publication from Biteback Publishing – it is the collection of Speaker’s Centenary Lectures, delivered last year on outstanding parliamentarians of the past century.  I delivered the lecture on Enoch Powell and subsequently took on … Continue reading

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I’m over here…

I attended this evening the latest of the Speaker’s Lectures on Parliament and Government given by David Blunkett in his capacity as a former Home Secretary.  At the last lecture, when I was sat at the back in the dark, … Continue reading

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I am not Sir Peter….

It has been a hectic day, as hectic as yesterday.  This evening I attended the latest lecture in the series of Speaker’s lectures on Parliament and Government, this one given by Sir Malcolm Rifkind.  It was, as one would expect, … Continue reading

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Powell lecture (again)

Enoch Powell This post is essentially for Frank W. Summers III and any other overseas reader who may have encountered difficulties accessing my Speaker’s lecture on Enoch Powell.  As previously mentioned, it is available on the Democracy Live website here.  … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Lectures

The lecture on Enoch Powell is no longer available on the BBC iPlayer site.  It has been added to the BBC Democracy Live site which has all the lectures given so far in the series of Speaker’s Lectures to mark the … Continue reading

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