‘Moosings’ on milk

Lord Trees

Some years ago a prominent politician was castigated for not knowing the price of milk. It meant he was out of touch with everyday matters. In actual fact, as a shopper, I know that knowing the price of milk is not that easy – is it organic, skimmed, semi-skimmed, full-cream, half litre, one litre, two…

Control Freakery?

Lord Tyler

Just in case anyone outside the Palace of Westminster has been fooled by the recent deceitful diatribes that “MPs are lazy and given up on their Parliamentary duties” or “this final fifth year has turned us into a Zombie Parliament” I offer the following exchanges in the Lords today: Lord Grocott: To ask Her Majesty’s…

Different practices

Lord Norton

When the first vote took place on 16 January on an amendment to the Assisted Dying Bill, the result was announced as 107 for the amendment and 180 against.  However, this was later corrected when it was found that one peer had voted in both lobbies.  In the Lords, if a peer votes in both…

The Assisted Dying Bill

Lord Norton

Some people query the value of Private Members’ Bills on the grounds that relatively few make it to the statute book.  My view is that they are extremely valuable for raising issues, getting them debated and, in so doing, testing the arguments for and against.  Some of the issues covered by Private Members’ Bills attract far…

Reject or revise?

Lord Tyler

I suppose we should all know by now, but it still seems odd to me that the positions taken up by many Peers seem so at variance with their Party, their colleagues in the Commons and with their promises to the electorate in party manifestos.   In recent days Labour backbench Peers have been universally critical,…

Is obstruction by Germany and France forcing a 5th Railway Package on Europe to bring its railways rather belatedly into the 21st Century?

Lord Berkeley

 2015 New Year message from Tony Berkeley The latest draft of the 4th Railway Package from the Latvian Presidency (see link below) makes depressing reading. It is a pale version of what the Commission started with, a blueprint to revitalise Europe’s railways, to introduce competition and efficiencies, better customer choice and private investment. Since then, Angela…

Two eyes in inclusion?

Lord Holmes

Ever had a bonkers idea, you know, the sort that arrive in the wee small hours, they seem marvellous at the time; rubber feet to stop shoes and socks getting wet, chocolate beds in case you get the munchies… that kind of thing? When we wake most of us rightly smile, then neatly fold and…