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.