Author Archive for Baroness Deech

Just a Minute

Baroness Deech

There was an important debate in the Lords on 10th March on the future of the BBC. So many people signed up to speak that they were allocated only one minute each, and there were several references by speakers to that well known radio 4 programme in which speakers have to avoid hesitation, repetition or deviation. …

Really Silly about Sunday

Baroness Deech

The recent defeat in the Commons of a proposal to give freedom to locals to decide about longer Sunday shopping hours defies belief. I understand that pious MPs want to keep Sunday special with space for religious worship and family meals.  But there is plenty of time for that for those who want it, and…

Poland is the Problem (continued)

Baroness Deech

As I explained in my earlier posting on this – http://lordsoftheblog.net/2016/01/23/poland-is-the-problem/ – the rule of law is regarded by the EU as under threat in Poland.  A further new law announced by Poland this week compounds the problem.  The government of Poland plans to introduce a law making it a crime to imply the country bears…

Cameron does a Gordon Brown

Baroness Deech

Once again the Prime Minister has made an unfounded and inappropriate attack on Oxford.  Why are there so few black students, he asked? I have rehearsed the arguments before, in my 2011 post, Oxford Blues Whites and Blacks (http://lordsoftheblog.net/2011/04/12/oxford-blues-whites-and-blacks/) and, sadly, nothing has changed.  Black potential students still achieve fewer 3A*/A A-level grades than white; and only…

Poland is the problem

Baroness Deech

In general our press and politicians are very quick to discern and condemn conflicts of interest that might affect decision making, especially financial – Sebastian Coe and Nike being a recent example.  It is the perception of conflict that matters, not the actuality. Yet Poland, whose former PM Donald Tusk is now President of the European Council, has…