Author Archive for Lord Tyler

Money not morals

Lord Tyler

This week’s public debate about the role of faith in Britain today has thrown up some curious myths about the Church of England  … and indeed about the presence of 26 of its Bishops in the House of Lords. I am a practising Anglican (trying to improve) but I have been firmly committed to disestablishment…

High speed timetable for reform?

Lord Tyler

Everyone seems to think we are in for quite a light legislative session after Easter.  We will not know for sure until after the Queen’s Speech in June, but what are blogs for if not to speculate! One big issue which will plainly pre-occupy quite a lot of MPs’ time is the labyrinthine ‘hybrid Bill’…

Consensus on Lords Reform!

Lord Tyler

It is so rare that the words “consensus” and “Lords reform” appear in the same sentence that I must report immediately on a very informative discussion in a House committee room on Tuesday evening. Billed as “The Steel Bill and Beyond “ this featured first a dialogue between Dr Meg Russell (of the Constitution Unit…

No sales here, please. We’re Peers.

Lord Tyler

Now here’s a parliamentary irony.   Had I booked a room in the Commons end of the Palace of Westminster last week to celebrate some political anniversaries, and the publication of my new book “Who Decides?”, I would have been permitted to sell copies to the friends and colleagues who attended.   MPs and former MPs may…

Back to the 2012 Bill?

Lord Tyler

Apparently without anyone noticing the Government’s has just published its response to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee’s recent report House of Lords Reform:  What Next? The report effectively gave cross-party endorsement for making a little progress with ‘tidying-up’ the Lords, pending more wide ranging reform.  A Private Member’s Bill, which could give effect…