Going to Scilly? The ‘Victorian’ challenge of booking a flight/ship on line

Lord Berkeley

Regular travellers must get really irritated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company booking website, which seems incredibly old fashioned and long winded compared with other company travel booking websites. Compare the IOSSC one with GWR trains or Flybe; they are all fairly similar in requiring the date, time, origin and destination of travel. On…

Cameron does a Gordon Brown

Baroness Deech

Once again the Prime Minister has made an unfounded and inappropriate attack on Oxford.  Why are there so few black students, he asked? I have rehearsed the arguments before, in my 2011 post, Oxford Blues Whites and Blacks (http://lordsoftheblog.net/2011/04/12/oxford-blues-whites-and-blacks/) and, sadly, nothing has changed.  Black potential students still achieve fewer 3A*/A A-level grades than white; and only…

Learning From History

Lord McConnell

      Earlier this week I had the honour to Chair the APPG on Conflict Issues as we hosted Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire who has been a member of the Canadian Senate but, more famously, was Force Commander of UNAMIR, the UN peacekeeping mission deployed to Rwanda before the genocide in 1994. Lieutenant-General Dallaire warned…

Rail Monopoly news 25.1.16 – 4th RP alliancing and CER goes for N Korean control

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news – 25th January 2016  4th Railway Package: co-operation agreements will neuter it + CER goes for North Korean-type control!  Fourth Railway Package Trilogue.  Amid some improvement, the UK Government still tries to retain ‘alliances’ or ‘co-operation agreements’ between Infrastructure Managers and one or more Railway Undertakings – in order to be nice…

Poland is the problem

Baroness Deech

In general our press and politicians are very quick to discern and condemn conflicts of interest that might affect decision making, especially financial – Sebastian Coe and Nike being a recent example.  It is the perception of conflict that matters, not the actuality. Yet Poland, whose former PM Donald Tusk is now President of the European Council, has…

When the Nations of the World United in Westminster

Lord Bates

The great buildings on or around Parliament Square are no strangers to momentous events in history. Yet one event which is perhaps less well known and celebrated is the role Methodist Central Hall and Church House played in the formation of the United Nations. Last Sunday we were afforded an opportunity by the United Nations Association—UK, Westminster…

SHOCK! Peers are getting younger.

Lord Tyler

With the help of the Lords Library I have updated the information on the age of current Members of the House of Lords. It shows that since October 2014 the average age has dropped…from 70.12 to 69. Given the large number of new Members this is scarcely earth shattering but I suppose its a step…