Creating a link that doesn’t exist

Lord Norton

The House of Lords has been the subject of much media attention over the past few days.  You may think the reason for this is obvious.  It isn’t.  One peer engages in private conduct that attracts public opprobrium.  As I have pointed out elsewhere, there is no reason to link private behaviour with institutional reform. …

How the silly season came early

Lord Tyler

The weeks of late July and August are often referred to in Westminster circles as “the silly season”, as newspapers look for all sorts of stories to fill their political pages while Parliament is in recess. And in recent days one errant Peer has provided a vivid cocktail of absurdity for them to do just…

Hope for Bosnia

Lord Hylton

I give below the text of a letter from Rev Donald Reeves, former rector of St James’s Piccadilly, and now Director of the charity called “The Soul of Europe”.  The National conference he mentions is not yet fully funded “I am grateful for the generous coverage of the service at Westminster Abbey, recalling the events at…

Mobility and maintenance

Baroness Deech

I am very upset by this change announced in the recent Budget: university maintenance grants for lower income students in England and Wales are to be scrapped from September 2016. Currently, students from families with annual incomes of £25,000 or less get the full grant of £3,387 a year. More than half a million students…

Taking the tablet….

Lord Norton

I began my academic career specialising in voting behaviour in the House of Commons, in particular intra-party dissent by Members.  This entailed manually checking every division list.  For my doctoral research, I estimate I read over 3,000 division lists, with the number of names running into seven figures, in order to identify any Members voting against…

UK Government – How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air

Lord Berkeley

How not to run an efficient, cost-effective and safe railway to attract traffic off road and air. The European Council and Commission are grinding their way through new legislation to achieve the above objectives and to bring the Single Market to the rail sector. Common standards and approval processes for rolling stock form part of…