Author Archive for Lord Norton

Parliamentary outreach

Lord Norton

Recognising that the House of Lords does not get a great deal of media coverage, and as such its work is not well known to the public, the Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, has initiated an outreach programme to schools and other institutions. Given that she cannot accept all the invitations she receives, other members of…

Lords and media 2

Lord Norton

Peers complain at times when the media pay little attention to the House. On occasion, though, they have grounds for complaint when the House is covered. There are times when reporting of the House derives from a very limited knowledge of the institution, resulting in inaccurate information being carried. Perhaps the most consistent bugbear as…

Lords and media

Lord Norton

Peers sometimes complain that the House gets little media attention and sometimes have to complain when it does! In this post, I will address the former. The absence of regular media attention is understandable. The Commons is the elected chamber and the arena in which the grand debate between the parties occurs. The cameras go…

Emergency legislation

Lord Norton

The Banking (Special Provisions) Bill – the Bill to nationalise Northern Rock – is being rushed through both Houses. The Government regard it as emergency legislation, hence the perceived need to get it passed within three days. In order to enable it to be passed quickly, its provisions are drawn in general terms – that,…

The most fanciable peers?

Lord Norton

It appears that the Sky News team have named their most fanciable MPs. Not to be outdone when it comes to generating lists, the doyen of list-makers and bloggers, Iain Dale, has invited nominations for the most fanciable political journalists. Why is it that when such lists are compiled, the Lords never get a look…