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…

A Paean for a Pianist: Dame Fanny is 95

Baroness Deech

Today Dame Fanny Waterman celebrates her 95th birthday.  I was privileged to host a reception for her at the House of Lords a few days ago to mark her birthday, and to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Leeds International Piano Competition, which she founded, and which will be held again in September of this…

The truth about jobs in the European rail industry – don’t follow incumbents if you want Europe’s railways to prosper!

Lord Berkeley

Two recent reports demonstrate the risks to the European rail industry of being required to follow the policy of SNCF, made even worse by the recent restructuring of the railway there to re-integrated SNCF and RFF.   According to a study commissioned by UTP, SNCF and ARAF1, SNCF already employs up to 43% more people to…

Triggering an early election…

Lord Norton

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has important implications for British politics.  What is remarkable is how few politicians and commentators appear to know its provisions, particularly in respect of when an early election can take place.  Some still seem to think that the Prime Minister can ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call an election.  The…