New creations

Lord Norton

A list of 45 new peerages was announced today.  You can see the full list hereAs it is a dissolution honours list, there is an emphasis on rewarding those who have undertaken political service.  It is usual to offer peerages to those who have held Cabinet office, not least those who have held one of the great offices of state, such as William Hague and David Blunkett.  There are some in the list who are not politicians, such as a former student of mine, Kevin Shinkwin, who has been active in promoting disability rights since he graduated.  However, much of the discussion about the new creations has focused on the size of the House.  The latest list adds to the size, though offset to some degree by those members who have resigned from the House under the terms of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.  On a post on my blog, I have discussed the issue of the size of the House.  It is an important issue, one that we continue to address, but it should be seen in perspective.  We need to ensure that we draw in people of expertise and experience, from a wide range of fields (engineers, scientists, and the like), while also working towards achieving a House that is smaller in membership than the House of Commons.

3 comments for “New creations

  1. Lord Blagger
    29/08/2015 at 9:02 pm

    So you’re going to fund me are you?

    I need a doctor on call, a few surgeons just in case I need them.

    Structural engineers.

    So transport people, pilots, bus drivers taxi drivers.

    I need them all on call so when I’ve a medical problem the bus driver can have his say. They are experts on that.

    Heck throw in a post man. No doubt he can come up with some interesting stats for the money you’re going to pay me to employ him.

    I reckon I need about 1,000 people on the payroll, plus admin.

    What’s the problem?

    When can I expect the cash? Free of tax of course. It’s expenses.

  2. Lord Blagger
    29/08/2015 at 9:02 pm

    On reducing the size of the house, there is one option you’ve not considered.

    Why don’t you start by resigning?

  3. 02/10/2015 at 3:19 am

    Lord Norton,

    I can’t help wondering if it is published or discussed to what degree these are the choices of the previous Labour leader or the current one.

    I think I correctly understand that you may not have either man on speed dial. Is there an institutional insight you might share?

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