Who and What is Rojava?

Lord Hylton

Everyone by how has heard of the horrors of the Syrian civil war.  We all know about chemical weapons and barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.  We all grieve for the refugees driven into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  The deaths and injuries from the fighting and repression are probably on the same scale as those of…

Ten Reasons: No Thanks

Lord McConnell

Today we decide. It is a momentous day, and whatever we think of the campaigns, or the importance of the question, we will choose Scotland’s constitutional future in these next few hours.   Inspired by a good friend who wrote quite a good list of his 10 top reasons for voting Yes, I thought the…

I always thought we liked each other…

Baroness Murphy

We can all understand the emotional pull for an independent Scotland, even if the nation’s ‘branding’ was largely created in the nineteenth century. It’s more difficult to understand the logical intellectual reasons; the drive to independence seems more based on not being British ie not governed from Westminster, dominated by a London-centric economy  and  the…

Constitutional implications of a ‘yes’ vote

Lord Norton

I get queries about what the constitutional implications are in the event of a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum in Scotland.  What will happen to MPs sitting for Scottish seats?  What are the implications for peers from Scotland?  People appear to think there are definitive answers.  My answer is to read the report of the Constitution Committee…

Referendum in Scotland

Baroness Quin

Living in Northumberland not far from Scotland I am more and more concerned about the consequences of an independent Scotland and know too that fears and concerns are shared by many people on both sides of the border. The big worries have already featured in the debates.  Will there be a different currency North of…

Passportless

Baroness Deech

There are plans to remove passports, with their accompanying entitlements, from those Britons who have gone abroad for jihadist purposes or return here after such exploits. Although it has been widely reported that this cannot be done under international law, there appears to be no international treaty that the UK has signed that would prevent…

The shame of Rotherham

Baroness Lister of Burtersett

There was much that was shocking about recent reports of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.  Although I have to admit I’ve not read Professor Jay’s report, one point from it jumped out at me from the press accounts.  This was that the police treated the victims ‘with contempt’ and as ‘undesirables’ not worthy of protection. …

Household power vacuum?

Lord Tyler

Thought for the day:   how come powerful vacuum cleaners have to be restricted by agreement of Europe’s Governments – not, of course, just by the European Commission – while powerful cars have no such constriction?  Could it be that those Governments are male dominated, and cars are “boys’ toys”, while those same politicians don’t…