Gaza “Charting a New Course”

Lord Hylton

This 30-page document, with full footnotes and references, comes from the Association of International Development Agencies, signed by 49 of their members, and dated 13.04.15.  It recalls how 60 nations met in Cairo in October 2014 and pledged $3.5 billions for reconstruction.  Of this sum only $524 millions has yet been released.  Qatar and Saudi…

Where is the Single Market in European Rail?

Lord Berkeley

Easter 2015 message from Tony Berkeley A single market in the rail sector is still years away, with Germany and France leading the opposition.   Another example…  Siamese twin rail monopolies; don’t be fooled by DB and SNCF introducing competition within themselves! France and Germany have long led the opposition to any competition above rail for…

Rescuing those drowning in the Mediterranean

Lord Hylton

In recent years refugees and migrants have been desperately trying to reach Europe from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and even Morocco.  In 2014 some 3400 people are thought to have drowned, even though many more were rescued from the sea. This year the pressure is likely to be even greater, because of wars in Syria, Libya,…

The Right to Buy

Lord Hylton

The Conservative Party is fishing in troubled waters by proposing new rights for tenants to buy houses and flats.  It is a mistake to do this across the whole country, without regard to local needs and to the supply and demand for rented properties at affordable rents.  This was why I rejected the Conservative Whip…

Khalida Jarrar ordered to six months administrative detention

Lord Hylton

Khalida Jarrar , Palestinian leader, parliamentarian and feminist, has been issued a six-month administrative detention order imprisoning her without charge or trial, at the behest of the Israeli military commander in the West Bank, reported Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association – Jarrar’s lawyers – on April 5th.  Take Action – demand freedom for Khalida…

Never on a Friday

Baroness Deech

I commented on this topic in part in my post “24/7″ http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/06/01/247/, where I told the tale of a patient with a life-threatening condition who had to wait in hospital from Friday until Monday for the consultants to return and the scanning machines to be switched on for use. I revert to this topic again because by bad…

The Modern Slavery Act

Lord Hylton

The following letter was sent to the Times, but not published.  I hope it has appeared in Al Hayat (in Arabic) and in the Muslim News.   Both Mr J Ewins and Mr K Hyland QC can be reached c/o Home Office, Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF: “This Act has received Royal Assent. It is a…

Tunisia

Lord Hylton

I recently visited Lebanon and have previously been in Tunisia.  Both countries are very much “front line states”.  They live next door to bloodshed and chaos in Syria and Libya.  Both have taken in more than 1 million refugees coming from the neighbouring country. They have done so without putting their guests into “camps”.  This…