Author Archive for Baroness Thornton

THE USUAL CHANNELS

Baroness Thornton

Baroness Murphy is right – the Usual Channels do seem to have broken down at the moment. Why has this happened? What are the Usual Channels for in the Lords? In a self regulating Chamber and without a powerful Speaker to make the kind of decisions taken by Mr Speaker in the Commons, the Usual…

Listening but not learning?

Baroness Thornton

As a lifelong atheist I do know how it feels to believe your view is the right one even when you are in a minority in a world of religious believers. However Baroness Murphy shows a touching faith in the rightness of Governments which I did not even share when I was a Minister in…

Sack the lot!

Baroness Thornton

The Commons ended their Committee consideration of the Health and Social Care Bill last Thursday. The proceedings illustrate that parallel universes really do exist. There is the one inhabited by Simon Burn MP, his boss Andrew Lansley MP and other Health Ministers and then there is the world the rest of us inhabit. The first…

Dreaming of the Health Bill

Baroness Thornton

If it already feels like total immersion in the Health and Social Care Bill I cannot imagine what it will be like when we actually get to consider the blessed thing on the floor of the House. The whole world seems to feel the need to send briefing about the Bill Yesterday for example, I…