Eurostar the bike haters!

Lord Berkeley

How many train companies across Europe require Brompton bikes to be put into bags before they are allowed on the train? Answer only one – Eurostar!  And up to January 2016, only when travelling from London. Since this date, apparently this applies when you are travelling out from Paris, as I found to my cost…

Lord Berkeley

Infrastructure needs its own checks and balances   Lord Berkeley – presentation to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, 6 September 2016.   Infrastructure needs its own checks and balances Lord Berkeley – presentation to All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure, 6 September 2016. I want to reflect today on the role both of the…

Grammalympics

Baroness Deech

The UK has done brilliantly at the Olympic Games.  At the time of writing, we have 55 medals at a cost of £6.3m each, based on the investment of some £347m into elite sport since the last Olympics. The UK has a winning sports strategy.  Young people are spotted, monitored, put into special programmes, encouraged to win,…

The Trafficking of Humans

Lord Hylton

I received this article from a long standing friend in the Philippines.  He is a missionary with many years experience of rescuing and rehabilitating children and young people at serious risk of a lifetime of prostitution and drug dependency. His articles appear in publications in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Ireland.

For Peace in Europe

Lord Hylton

Monday 11th July was the anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, carried out in Bosnia in 1995.  I signed the Book of Remembrance in the House of Commons, and attended a Memorial Reception at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Several survivors spoke of their memories of this, the most serious crime in a long process of…

United for Young People

Lord McConnell

Sitting on the floor where Safa’s family live in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, I was struck by her disarming smile as she described life as she knew it. She told of surviving on the limited amount food available, worrying about the health and safety of those back home in Syria and her…

Scilly transport in the news

Lord Berkeley

fs160510 FRIST spring newsletter The Friends of the Isles of Scilly Transport (FRIST) newsletter is published this month. It provides and update on the structure of organisations on the islands dealing with transport, the increases in charges and fares to and from the islands and the lack of response from the monopoly provides of transport…