quiet times

Lord Lipsey

To the outside world the Lords may look quiet at the moment. We had one exciting vote this week as involved sex, something we Lords enjoy talking about the alternative at our time of life being rare: namely whether gay couples should be discriminated against for IVF. But generally votes have been sparse and controversy limited.
However, beneath the serene surface, we ducks are still paddling. I have been involved in several meetings planning resistance to instituting elections of the upper house; and in propagating a proposal for us to institute something akin to the practice of Early Day Motions in the Commons, a way of drawing attention to important issues. For what you read in Lords’ Hansard is always a small part of what we are really doing in relation to the nation’s political life.

1 comment for “quiet times

  1. syst55555
    09/02/2011 at 9:01 pm

    I agree with the noble Lord’s comments. I would like to quote the honorable Lord Lipsey: “For what you read in Lords’ Hansard is always a small part of what we are really doing in relation to the nation’s political life.”
    I have been reviewing the hansards and I have a few questions if you don’t mind.First,the topic:
    Immigration: Detention of Children
    Question
    3.30 pm
    Asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock
    My question is to the view on immigration in general. I would like to inquire as to what the Lords believe matters of people looking to settle in england.
    Secondly, forgive my directness, but can one become a noble in a manner besides birthright, more so can a person from another nation become a noble in england?

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