Why do we have half term?

Baroness Murphy

The average age of peers is 68….and a very nice age to be I can tell you. But very few of us have school age children and yet we keep school holidays in the House of Lords. Bizarre isn’t it? I thought at first it must be for the staff…considerably younger than us of course but actually they keep on working and doing all the things they can’t get done with us under their feet. I’m not wasting time though….It’s very nice to be here in Italy, the mimosas are in full bloom and what nicer way to spend a morning having coffee in Puccini’s  favourite Caffe Margarita in Viareggio, followed by browsing around Mondadoris book store. Sad to be reminded though about the stagnant  state of the Italian economy, the snail-like pace of structural labour reform and the rigidity of employment which simply denies opportunities to a generation of disaffected young people, who live at home well past their twenties or migrate. Just hope Renzi can get the support he needs.

5 comments for “Why do we have half term?

  1. Dave H
    22/02/2015 at 3:18 am

    For those who home educate, half term often doesn’t exist either, and in some ways it’s an inconvenience because a lot of regular fun activities are less fun that week because museums, galleries and other such places are more crowded.

  2. Croft
    23/02/2015 at 3:35 pm

    “but actually they keep on working and doing all the things they can’t get done with us under their feet.”

    I assume the dates are pure tradition though I wonder if the place would function without break for the reasons above….

  3. Baroness Murphy
    Baroness Murphy
    24/02/2015 at 2:08 pm

    Croft, You know me by now, I would prefer we just worked ordinary hours, ordinary days and got the work done in businesslike fashion. And got paid for it too and paid taxes too and …oh better not get on to this.

  4. maude elwes
    25/02/2015 at 9:19 am

    We have half term so that children may have some sense of family life. Get to know they are cared for and part of a unit with genetic connection. Oh, but dear me, that means mummy and daddy can’t find it so easy to do the ten hour day at work they are so ardently in love with. Especially the jobs that are soul destroying, like zero hour contracts. What would they do without those little time wasting activities.

    Wasn’t it Rifkind who said, MP’s couldn not consdier life on their Commons pay? And how much is that? Therefore, they have no alternative but to find stooges willing to pay them between £5,000 to £8,000 per day for side activities that may be against the best interests of the country they hitched themsleves to.

    I feel this little exposure was a good way to advertise their moonlighting ability. And why is Rifkind and not Straw being scapegoated? As both of them are tarred with the same brush.

  5. Senex
    25/02/2015 at 12:27 pm

    With so many nutters in the house I felt compelled to take psychiatric advice on your blog: nice to see you back by the way. The answer that came back surprised. It said you were exhibiting moral concerns for people something not fashionable in the house at this time.

    As you are a self confessed agnostic borderline atheist I feel I must ask you on what basis does your morality work? For instance is the law itself the only basis upon which you consider your morality should operate?

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