Art, History and Politics

Lord Soley

Before the election I was looking for ways to widen the appeal and scope of Lords of the Blog. The meat of what we do on a daily basis remains the key because we want people outside Parliament to know more about us and our work.

That however, is never the whole picture. For me the long history of the struggle for freedom, democracy and the rule of law are profoundly important and I have always been fascinated by the art work around the House that shows key moments from our history.

So here is the first of what I hope will be several videos showing other aspects of the House. In this one I interview Malcolm Hay, Curator of Works of Art in the Palace of Westminster. The picture I chose was the one that shows King Charles I breaking into the Chamber of the House to arrest the MP’s leading the opposition to his attempt to increase taxes to pay for an army. It was the trigger for the Civil War and ended with the execution of the King and the rapid development of a constitutional monarchy and steps towards modern democracy.

I am planning for other Peers to interview Palace officials on other aspects of the two Houses of Parliament. We have limited resources for filming and it is not an easy environment for filming but I think you will find it interesting – I hope so anyway!

Tell us what you think of this approach and what else you would like to see.

6 comments for “Art, History and Politics

  1. Chris K
    09/06/2010 at 6:59 pm

    Very interesting video, Lord Soley. Although of course the EU didn’t exist until fairly recently, so I’m not quite sure I agree with your assessment of the constitutional status quo!

    In the next installment I would like to see something about Victoria Tower. The archives, who puts the flag up every morning etc.

  2. 10/06/2010 at 11:25 am

    It was indeed an interesting video, I look forward to more 🙂

  3. 10/06/2010 at 12:18 pm

    Lords and People,
    I only wish that in this Post’s opening paragraph “… because we want people outside Parliament to know more about us and our work”, we (you) could have added some such democratically win-win intention as “and for those outside Parliament to become enabled to show us their relevantly serious needs, questions or constructive-submissions/suggestions.”

  4. Troika21
    10/06/2010 at 7:05 pm

    I like that, an interesting new idea for LotB.

    Is this going to concentrate on a particular topic or will you cover everything to do with Parliament, and you just happen to have started with paintings?

  5. 10/06/2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you, Lord Soley, for an entertaining and educational video.

  6. Lord Soley
    Clive Soley
    14/06/2010 at 4:08 pm

    I am still exploring options so watch this space!

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