Lord Norton is sad to see the Law Lords go but of course my getting a new office in the Palace depended on their going so I’m selfishly delighted. But I do really approve the idea of the Supreme Court being detached from parliament, although of course it was in effect detached in the way it conducted its business. Rather to my surprise our new office has been completely refurbished already and is now, while not roomy or particularly luxurious, adequately equipped and has storage. Today the man from PICT, (the Parliamentary Information, Communications and Technology office) set up my computer. Our filing cabinets are red to match the carpet. Very lordly. I can now find my way there without getting lost. I must tell you there is a loo nearby which has a big notice on the door saying ‘ This is a unisex loo, gentlemen are asked to close the door’. And ladies?
Yesterday evening to a very special party in the lovely River Room in the old Lord Chancellor’s suite where we Lords of the Blog celebrated the launch of the new site and our going ‘permanent’. We aren’t a ‘pilot project’ any more. Definitely an A list event…..all your favourites Lord Bloggers were there and all the people who have made it happen, from the Lords Director of Information Services and Chief Librarian Liz Hallam Smith, who was wearing a definitely A list floaty dress, the Lord Speaker (whose room we were using) pleased to be out of her clerical garb into a summery suit on such a warm evening, to the team from Communications and the Hansard Society without whom none of it could have happened. We talked about all you bloggers of course, we’d love to know a little more about our ‘regulars’. We aren’t anonymous, do you have to be?