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Over here, Your Majesty….

For the State Opening of Parliament, the chamber of the House of Lords is completely reconfigured.  The Table is removed, a boxed seating area for the Diplomatic Corps created, and the bar of the House brought forward to create more … 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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Oh dear

I am in the middle of marking undergraduate dissertations.  One student has just written that Michael Martin was the first Speaker to be forced out of office since Sir John Trevor in 1695.  Oh dear.  Send for the firing squad.  … Continue reading

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Reforming State Opening?

The State Opening of Parliament takes place on Tuesday 25 May.  It will follow a procedure that is long established.  The practice of the ceremony taking place in the House of Lords was established in 1536.  The practice of summoning … Continue reading

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