The recess begins

Lord Norton

The House of Commons rose for the summer recess on Tuesday and the House of Lords on Wednesday.   By the end of Wednesday, after the House had risen, there was still a good deal of activity.  The Despatch Box (the snack bar) in the Atrium in Portcullis House was well patronised.  The giveaway that we were entering the recess was the number of staff in casual dress: it looked more like a dress-down Friday. 

On Thursday morning, it was much quieter.  I enjoy getting in early, in part because that is the best time of day to walk through Victoria Tower Gardens (on the left in the picture) and in part because I enjoy walking through the Palace when it is quiet.  Without people being around, one can appreciate much more the magnificence of Pugin’s work.  Despite all the problems associated with an ageing building, it is an awe-inspiring place.  There’s always something new to discover in the artwork or the design of the ceilings and alcoves. 

Although both Houses are in recess, the Palace remains a working environment.  Some committee work continues, MPs’ offices continue to be staffed – even if MPs take holidays, letter writers do not – and there is a good deal of work to be undertaken in terms of restoration and repairs.  I’ll be variously spending time in my office in order to get through all the paperwork on my desk.  There’s also the preparation necessary for the return of the House.  The Commons will be back in September (September 6-16) and the Lords on 5 October. 

The Commons are sitting in September in order to get to work on the Government’s constitutional legislation on boundary changes, the referendum on AV, and fixed-term Parliaments.  As there is not time to subject the legislation to pre-legislative scrutiny, the Constitution Committee in the Lords is undertaking an inquiry into fixed-term Parliaments.  It is designed to be completed in time for when the Fixed-Term Parliaments Bill reaches the Lords.  We aready have our witnesses lined up. 

Once we get back, we will be much busier than we have been in recent weeks, and even busier when the constitutional reform legislation reaches us from the Commons.  What form it will be in when it leaves the Commons remains to be seen.

11 comments for “The recess begins

  1. 30/07/2010 at 1:40 pm

    The Big Recess(ion) begins, one fears.

    Already the British Constitution is remaining deeply unprepared for and blind to the long-established and daily-worsening Threat to both Renewable and Non-renewable Lifesupports and Resources of this Earth, and therein of the British Isles;

    already neither European nor British Legislation is adequately addressing those same long-term Human-Civilisational Threats to the Earth; nor are the British Parliaments and Colleges-of-Expertise tackling the medium and short -term manifestations of the known List of Threats to Life-on-Earth and thereby to Great Britain;

    already all Political Parties, Religious Persuasions, and Educational Curricula have blindly entrenched themselves in Self-Centred Hedonisms and Short-term stop-gaps and band-aids.
    ———–
    Soils, Air, Waters, Biomes, and hundreds of Habitats continue to be degraded, eroded, ‘clapped-out’ of precious nutrients,
    extincted of precious lifeforms, by the thousand every year.

    What better good can a ‘fixed-five-year-term’ hope to accomplish in these not only ultimate but increasingly pressing priority and urgency Future Needs, Hows, and Affordable-Costs, of the Human-Race on Earth ?
    ———–
    You, in the two Parliament Houses, have to radically-reform whole Constitutions, as well as extending Legislation on scales of 10,000 and 1,000 years, instead of continuing Politics and Citizenship as bedfellow-bunfights occurring entertainingly for five-years at a time.

    Since The People are all Powerless in all of the above Matters, this is the best message we can send to you Lords up there:

    You, yes You, have to make the essential and increasingly ’emergency’ radical-reform improvements to both the Constitution and the Stream of Legislations that alone can sustain all future generations as well as the present hugely-over-greedy ones.

    A ‘guaranteed’ five-year seat will only be a further corruption into even deeper complacency as the Longterm Civilisational Extinction Market-Economics and Five-Year Politics takes a tighter grip to both Silence and Sacrifice both People and Lifesupports.

    Parliamentarians will be on holiday.
    We the People never can be.

    ============
    (JSDM1340F30July2010)

  2. Lord Norton
    Lord Norton
    30/07/2010 at 5:38 pm

    JSDM: You may find of interest the work of the Energy and Climate Change Committee in the Commons:

    http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/energy-and-climate-change-committee/

    And also the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill:

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt200607/jtselect/jtclimate/170/170i.pdf

    • 01/08/2010 at 2:39 am

      Lord Norton, I should perhaps be thanking you for your referral, to the parliamentary “Climate Change” committee’s findings, ‘strawman’-like-avoidant ‘though your terse reply may be and in evident competition against the face of the cumulative points raised in my comment(s) to Lords of the Blog.

      But this time I can not.

      In addition to submitting observations and constructive-suggestions to Leaders at National and World levels, over many past years, I had recently been progressively notifying Lords of the Blog of numbers of Obstacles to human Progress on the one hand, and of plentifully-available Facilitative New ‘Know-How’ for both individual-human-development and mass-civilisational-sustain-worthying on the other hand, simply in the belief that there must be at least one publicly-communicable true and sustainworthy human-life-leader or follower tuning-in; possibly even somewhere in the English-speaking world.

      A mere glimpse of the title “Climate Change” puts it on the same Avoidance Chart as “Ethnic Cleansing” and “Friendly Fire”.
      These Matters are in plain fact “Climate Worsening”, “Ethnic Persecution”, and “Own Troops’ Fire”.

      Their dressing-up in “sheep’s clothing” shows both mind-functional impairment and moral-corruption, at The Top and including throughout the Civil-Service, Parliamenetary, Judiciary, and Monarchy Constitutions and Accumulations of Legislations.
      (And that is without bringing in the similarly Corrupt failure of Education , Religion, Media, and Community organisations, to title and define all such matters clearly, concisely and truthfully.

      —————————-
      I can only see such ‘referral’ as the work of one either as lost as we People-in-Billions clearly are, or as bent upon the insidious-destruction of all available resources and lifesupports as are those corrupted Directors of both national-parliaments and global-governances that hide even higher-above the human-race’s heads than do Monarchs, Millionaires, Experts, and the increasing millions of career-incarcerated PhD-islanders-in-the-Sky;
      who likewise never communicate with humankind about the really-threatening difficulties of both everyday and longest-possible-term Needs, Hows and Affordable-Costs, and of the Win-Win-Win participatorily-cooperative problem-solving facility that is being avoided and repressed from top to bottom.

      Is there any one-human left awake who can tell me where vital factual work and leading thinking has been hidden, and why such petty-references as Lord Norton has offered herein are not quickly accessible nor clearly summarised ?

      And pray, tell me why I should have to be now going round and round in a Norton-cum-British Parliamentary-Revolving-Door, waiting for the Parliaments email enquiry service to tell me how to quickly find and quickly navigate through such references as these two further ‘avoidances’, listed by Lord Norton whether by constructive or contrarily avoidant intent ?

      —————————-
      The big Disease throughout human-civilisation, that is being increasingly masked by hedonism, short-term over-consumptional economic affluence, and totally irresponsible and malfeasant blinker-isms

      [ such as
      “not my problem”
      ”above my pay-grade”
      ”just like PM Thatcher told us, there is no evidence of global warming nor of any other real threat to our Environment”
      ”I’ll be dead and gone anyway, long before any such catastrophe-fiction actually strikes if it ever does which it probably never will”
      ”anyway the kids are getting smarter every year now, they’re already solving every imaginable problem”
      “there’s a parliamentary committee already satisfactorily dealing with all that”
      “the Universities are on top of all those sorts of problems”
      “the newspapers and the Lords of the Blog would have reported it if there was any real threat to our lives or to our essential luxuries” ]

      can surely at least have clean, concise and truthfully-descriptive titles attached to them ?

      ————————-
      What I keep seeing, wherever I look, is the inexorably slow stifling, strangling and drowning of every expert individual and group that arises to photograph and publicly-report the Destruction of Life On Earth, which is no longer simply both Naturally-Inevitable and Insidiously Human-Catalysed, but Plainly Evident and plainly being perpetrated by British and Global Society.

      On the one hand are “Nature’s” Threats to The Earth and specificly to Life on Earth, and on the other hand are Humankind’s Threats to both Renewable and Non-renewable Earth Lifesupports.

      ============
      The summaries of at least some of the leading work that has already been accomplished by successions of Life-experts and Researchers should be published and made easily learnable, ery easily referrable:

      1. Oliver wendell Holmes “When we break the body and shed the blood of The Earth un-skilfully, it is a Blasphemy”.

      2a Nicholas Polunin’s identification of Twenty Threats to Human and All Life on Earth;
      2b Ward & Dubos “Only One Earth”;
      2c Rachel Carson “Silent Spring”;
      2d Myers(ed) “Atlas of Planet Management”;
      2e Goodman & Suzuki “A Matter of Survival”

      3 . . . . . but I have previously and many times submitted such lists of leaderful work . . .
      4 . . . . . . . and there is still real-life work piling-up, waiting to be done . . . . . . . . . . . .
      ===============

      “Tell them I came, and no one answer’d,
      That I kept my word” he said.

      Never the least stir made the listeners,
      ‘Though every word he spake
      Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the
      still House
      From the one man left awake ‘.

      ===============
      (I wonder how this will all look in LOTB print: will the Walter de la Mare be rightly spaced ?)
      (JSDM0239Sn01Aug2010).

      • Carl.H
        01/08/2010 at 3:44 pm

        JSDM, I don`t mean this offensively but please a little common English may help. I am now averse to reading your posts and I maybe missing something vitally important but to put it how I speak, I aint gonna understand a word if you carry on in the same manner.

        I know you have something to say but I haven`t access to Bletchley Park to work it out.

        Apologies if that sounds rude, not meant.

        • 05/08/2010 at 6:15 am

          Carl H. Calls me to task. Thank you, Carl; and I précis his individual comment to mean “JSDM seems to be trying to say something of serious value, but his English is too abstruse for some of us to get whatever the message is” ?
          (Skip now to end Instantial-Reference list and Close if you wish).

          xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

          In future I shall try to keep it seriously simple, and bountifully brief.
          First let me try to itemise the frightening Concerns and hopeful Prospects that engage “little old lone me”:

          1. Leading new Findings by established life-experts and researchers are being lost – both to The People-Sector (including the several massive Underclasses as well as to the many exponentially burgeoning PostGrad classes) and to The Government-Sector (including Parliaments and the Education-sector) – due to rigid repressions, avoidances, and destructive-distortions.

          My chosen citizenship-action thereto: publicise these References, even if only by author, title and brief subject-area, and even if only one at a time.

          2. In my personal lifetime and currently, I find legalised incompetence, corruption, embezzlement and malfeasance, being dumped upon people and extracted from their lifesupports by Constitutions, Parliaments, Judiciaries, Civil-Services, ‘Private-Sectors’, Religions, Educations, and Local Community Establishments; and that’s before facing unlawful additional damage being deliberately wrought by Criminals, Terrorists, and the Uncitizenlike (which might just involve tens of millions of constitutionally or judicially ‘gagged’ employees or subjects).

          My chosen action: to question, formally-report, or publicly-expose such wrongs.

          3. Poignant-summary or insightful-snapshotting being impossibly difficult to find in any Media, of not just the above wrongs but of remedies, preventions, and especially of constructive-alternatives thereto, I obey my honest-citizen duty and try to communicate such awareness as I have to proper Authority or to Other Serious-minded People (such as I took LordsoftheBlog to be).

          My chosen action: to take and make notes about such problems and therewith to submit possible-improvements through whatever reliably-honest channel and receptive-human-being I can find.

          4. The latter need for constructive-suggestion I believe to be a sine-qua-non for each individual enjoying or enduring British Citizenship; but too often one has to compose a submission where none previous is in evidence, and where one’s oeuvre falls (as I have before put it) upon blind, deaf, or dumb minds.
          —————–
          Born 1873 Walter de la Mare’s poem “The Listeners” etches this above zenophobic, unwelcoming and most inhospitable scenario, even though the lone horseman is a friendly ally returning from distant service:
          “Is there anybody there ?” said the Traveller,
          Knocking on the moonlit door;
          And his horse in the silence champ’d the grasses …

          “But no one descended to the Traveller;
          No head from the leaf-fringed sill
          Lean’d over and look’d into his grey eyes,
          Where he stood perplex’d and still,

          “But only a host of phantom listeners
          That dwelt in the lone House then
          Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight
          To that voice from the world of men; …
          Hearkening in an air stirr’d and shaken
          By the lonely Traveller’s call.
          “And he felt in his heart their strangeness,
          Their stillness answering his cry,
          “While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf … …
          “Never the least stir made the listeners… ”
          ———————-
          So nowadays, given the better Council-Flat security of the 21st century, one tries to encapsulate what the “message” would be, if only it had been or could be contributed by an establishedly-credible British or Earth-faithful citizen, or expert.

          My above numbered sequence follows therefrom:
          and an instantial-summary of the necessary skills, or part-skills for tackling such matters can be given a recommended learning-sequence as follows:

          xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
          Instantial-Reference List:
          1. a. “Leader Effectiveness Training” by Thomas Gordon; friendly Method III needs, hows, and affordable-costs identification and Win-Win-Win problem-solving thereto.
          b. “Six Thinking Hats” by Edward de Bono: all six modes of thinking, “vertical” and “lateral” branches inclusive, in different but always orderly and ‘holistic’ or ‘synergic’ sequences.
          c. “Mindsets” by Caroline Dweck; comparing and contrasting established “rigid” mindsets with often newer “growth” mindsets.
          d. “Perceptual Control Theory” by William Powers; comparing and contrasting old established Reinforcement and External-reward theories with less familiar but now adequately formulated and presented Internal rewards through better self-perception and thereby self- and productivity- results.
          e. both “Wisdom of the Body Moving” and “Somatic Psychology” by Linda Hartley (for both individual-human-development and win-win-win social-integration).
          f. “AS & A2 Sociology: Exam Board AQA” publ. by CGP. (A self-strengthening preparation-read for the world of individual-capitalism’s, economics’s, and politics’s fallacies & blind or deliberate avoidances, denials and falsifications of facts, factors, figures, knowledge and know-how within formal-argumentation, moral-reasoning, life-experience, and constructive-recommendations.

          ============
          Since Carl.H does not specify what he means by “common-English”, “carrying on in the same manner”, and what is so “bletchley-park-like” cryptical about any of my writing, I am still left today not knowing whether it is my Length, Content, Style or other “Manner” that causes aversion; or all four or more.
          But I take the advice;

          and I reciprocally suggest that a first familiarisation with any published expert Reference I give would yield far better knowledge, and be better-relevant to the topic-area any noble-member’s blog is about, than would reading any of the secondary subject matter I happen to have written.
          =============
          One final personal-belief, as a double-barreled public-instance which I hope will ‘pass muster’ this time despite its anecdotal and possibly-imaginative nature:

          That knowledge and know-how Enablement must precede Empowerment; and

          That one-standard-human-living is not only sufficient for every human-being but, in the form of a constitutional Cap linked to Method III Cooperative Problem Solving, would prevent war and wastage, and would secure the Purposeful-Future not only of the Human Race but of the Earth-Lifesupports we Humans do, and always shall, primarily, totally, and co-existentially depend upon.

          ===================
          (JohnSydneyDentonMiles0535Th05Aug2010).

    • 01/08/2010 at 10:41 am

      One or two slight corrections to my 0239 a.m. under-duress submission; now including postscript asking for recommended other e-sites, please:
      ——-
      Lord Norton, I should perhaps be thanking you for your referral, to the parliamentary “Climate Change” committee’s findings, ‘strawman’-like-avoidant ‘though your terse reply may be and in evident competition against the face of the cumulative points raised in my comment(s) to Lords of the Blog.

      But this time I can not.

      In addition to submitting observations and constructive-suggestions to Leaders at National and World levels, over many past years, I had recently been progressively notifying Lords of the Blog of numbers of Obstacles to human Progress on the one hand, and of plentifully-available Facilitative New ‘Know-How’ for both individual-human-development and mass-civilisational-sustain-worthying on the other hand, simply in the belief that there must be at least one publicly-communicable true and sustainworthy human-life-leader or follower tuning-in; possibly even somewhere in the English-speaking world.

      A mere glimpse of the title “Climate Change” puts it on the same Avoidance Chart as “Ethnic Cleansing” and “Friendly Fire”.
      These Matters are in plain fact “Climate Worsening”, “Ethnic Persecution”, and “Own Troops’ Fire”.

      Their dressing-up in “sheep’s clothing” shows both mind-functional impairment and moral-corruption, at The Top and including throughout the Civil-Service, Parliamentary, Judiciary, and Monarchy Constitutions and Accumulations of Legislations.
      (And that is without bringing in the similarly Corrupt failures of Education , Religion, Media, and Community organisations, to title and define all such matters clearly, concisely and truthfully.
      —————————-
      I fear such ‘referral’ to be the work of one either as lost as we People-in-Billions unhappily are, or of one as bent upon the insidious-destruction of all available resources and lifesupports as are those corrupted Directors of both national-parliaments and global-governances that hide even higher-above the human-race’s heads than do Monarchs, Millionaires, Experts, and the increasing millions of career-incarcerated PhD-islanders-in-the-Sky;
      who likewise never communicate with humankind about the really-threatening difficulties of both everyday and longest-possible-term Needs, Hows and Affordable-Costs, and of the Win-Win-Win participatorily-cooperative problem-solving facility that is being avoided and repressed from top to bottom.

      Is there any one-human left awake who can tell me where vital factual work and leading thinking has been hidden, and why such petty-references as Lord Norton has offered herein are not quickly accessible nor clearly summarised ?

      And pray, tell me why I should have to be now going round and round in a Norton-cum-British Parliamentary-Revolving-Door, waiting for the Parliaments email enquiry service to tell me how to quickly find and quickly navigate through such references as these two further ‘avoidances’, listed by Lord Norton whether by constructive or contrarily avoidant intent ?
      —————————-
      The big Disease’s Symptoms and Signs throughout human-civilisation, that are being increasingly masked by hedonism, short-term over-consumptional economic affluence, and totally irresponsible and malfeasant blinker-isms –

      [such as:
      “not my problem”
      ”above my pay-grade”
      ”just like PM Thatcher told us, there is no evidence of global warming nor of any other real threat to our Environment”
      ”I’ll be dead and gone anyway, long before any such catastrophe-fiction actually strikes if it ever does which it probably never will”
      ”anyway the kids are getting smarter every year now, they’re already solving every imaginable problem”
      “there’s a parliamentary committee already satisfactorily dealing with all that”
      “the Universities are on top of all those sorts of problems”
      “the newspapers and the Lords of the Blog would have reported it if there was any real threat to our lives or to our essential luxuries”]

      – surely need at least clean, concise and truthfully-descriptive titles to be attached to them ?
      ————————-
      What I keep seeing, wherever I look, is the inexorably slow stifling, strangling and drowning of every expert individual and group that arises to photograph and publicly-report the Destruction of Life On Earth, which is no longer simply both Naturally-Inevitable and Insidiously Human-Catalysed, but Plainly Evident and plainly being perpetrated by British and Global Society.
      On the one hand are “Nature’s” Threats to The Earth and specificly to Life on Earth, and on the other hand are Humankind’s Threats to both Renewable and Non-renewable Earth Lifesupports.
      ============
      The summaries of at least some of the leading work that has already been accomplished by successions of Life-experts and Researchers should be published and made easily learnable, and very easily referrable:

      1. Oliver Wendell Holmes “When we break the body and shed the blood of the Earth un-skilfully, it is a Blasphemy”.

      2a Nicholas Polunin’s identification of Twenty Threats to Human and All Life on Earth;
      2b Ward & Dubos “Only One Earth”;
      2c Rachel Carson “Silent Spring”;
      2d Myers(ed) “Atlas of Planet Management”;
      2e Gordon & Suzuki “A Matter of Survival”

      3 . . . . . but I have previously and many times submitted such lists of leaderful work . . .

      4 . . . . . . . and there is still real-life work piling-up, waiting to be done . . . . . . . . . . . .
      ===============
      As Walter de la Mare wrote:
      “Tell them I came, and no one answer’d,
      That I kept my word” he said.
      Never the least stir made the listeners,
      ‘Though every word he spake
      Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the
      still House
      From the one man left awake ‘.
      ===============
      What other e-sites might be more appropriate for these most important and probably in-deadly-earnest-urgency Matters to be reported through ?
      ==================
      (JSDM1039Sn01Aug2010).

  3. Carl.H
    30/07/2010 at 8:16 pm

    I think next term will be a tough one and almost certainly make or break for the House.

  4. Gareth Howell
    02/08/2010 at 8:02 am

    “I enjoy getting in early, in part because that is the best time of day to walk through Victoria Tower Gardens (on the left in the picture) and in part because I enjoy walking through the Palace when it is quiet. Without people being around, one can appreciate much more the magnificence of Pugin’s work.”

    I have always enjoyed the winter time morning meetings for the same reason, walking through the park, and getting there well before time!

  5. Gareth Howell
    02/08/2010 at 4:03 pm

    “The Recess Begins”

    And for all those with wives and families the call has gone out, just as it does at the end of the day. “Home to our wives and families!”

    Take a holiday! Relax! Change as good as rest!
    Forget about the parish of Westminster!

    • jm
      05/08/2010 at 1:42 pm

      Might be careful about what can happen during a “recess”:

      e.g. Change is as good as Arrest.

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