I have the distinction of being rather old. This is, of course, one reason why I greatly enjoy being in the House of Lords. I am lucky enough to have had a job all my life – five years working in Canada, 15 in the City of London, and then 23 years as a Member of Parliament.
Now, in the Lords, I can discuss the problems of the day – everything from our cricket team’s tour in India to the disappearance of Woolies – with deeply wise men and women from all political parties who are, more or less, my contemporaries.
Anywhere else we would probably be given a cup of tea (one lump or two, dear?) and put to bed early.
I have been persuaded by young enthusiasts here who believe passionately in the internet and e-knowledge to put some of my thoughts into a podcast. Goodness knows what that word means, but I have done what they asked.
Listen to it and you will hear about our All-Party Information Committee and our determination to try and explain the work we do in what is grandly called the Upper House. We particularly want to encourage you and your family to read about us on our website where you can have a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament without paying anything!
Tell us what you think and then persuade your children to come with their school to visit us and learn for themselves even more about us.
Tim Renton (Lord Renton of Mount Harry)