Baroness Deech

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…

Still Suffragettes

Baroness Deech

I went to see the new film “Suffragette”, (director Sarah Gavron, daughter of Labour peer Lord Gavron, who sadly died recently) at a special showing in Westminster. It isn’t perfect, but it certainly makes you think.  This is what I thought. The struggle is not over.  There are equality laws in place, but women are still not…

Rooting out referral fees

Baroness Deech

“A referral fee is a payment made for the referral or introduction of a client or potential client. Referral fees and arrangements can take different forms. Although they are also used in other commercial relationships, they have attracted particular attention when they involve the legal professions.” That’s the definition used in a parliamentary briefing paper. …