Baroness Deech

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…

To bomb or not to bomb

Baroness Deech

I don’t know the answer. I have read as much as I reasonably can, but I don’t believe that I, or most MPs or Lords, really know all there is to be known about the pros and cons of military action in relation to Syria, let alone what might happen in the months and years to come. Having…

Universities and freedom of speech

Baroness Deech

 My speech on 26 November-  Many Members of this House will have been students when there were troubles of one sort or another, depending on the age. Indeed, we may have cut our teeth on some of them. There were protects, sometimes violent, in the past, but never have those protests been so widely or…

I told you so! Part 2

Baroness Deech

As I have said before, the Olympics 2012 were a waste of money, with no legacy – http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/12/31/i-told-you-so/ and no increase in young people playing sport – http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/02/09/the-olympic-outrage/. Now we find the awards were vitiated by drugs. See Lawson in the Sunday Times today: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/dominiclawson/article1632918.ece The revelations are hardly surprising, and the response is pretty…