Baroness Deech

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…

Europe’s Trumps

Baroness Deech

Reading the worldwide condemnation of Donald Trump for his view that the US should bar all Muslim entrants, you would have thought that he was unique in his prejudice. Not so. Here on our European doorstep the same sentiment is being evinced, sometimes in even cruder terms. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria have all said…

How not to make decisions

Baroness Deech

This is really by way of a postscript to my last blog, where I pointed out that under the British constitution the decision to go to war is customarily taken under the Royal Prerogative, ie by the Prime Minister acting in the name of the Crown.  The fallout from last night’s Commons vote adds strength…