Lord Dholakia

A Spirituous Conclave

Lord Dholakia

On a lighter note, some of you may wonder what a Lord does during his holidays. Doubtless the image of a gent wearing ermine, a horsehair wig and Bermuda shorts sitting on some sunny beach has crossed your mind, but the work does never really stops. The seemingly unstoppable post continues to arrive, the phones…

The Lords are pouting

Lord Dholakia

As has been said before, Peers tend to get a significant amount of post daily. Much of this is about serious issues, and can also include invitations and requests from all over the world. Unfortunately, some of this mail can leave my assistants scratching their heads. One letter that came into my office today stated:…

Lost in the Wilderness

Lord Dholakia

Many years have passed since Roy Plomley first introduced Desert Island Discs on the BBC. The sound of breaking waves, with seagulls in the background, has always remained in my memory. Imagine my surprise when Ann & I were invited by Ravi Mehotra CBE on his Indian Ocean cruise as a guest lecturer. It was…

Result of Parliamentary Photo Competition

Lord Dholakia

Further to an earlier post, the Parliamentary Photo Exhibition has now been opened. This year’s competition attracted over 500 entries of which there were 7 ‘Judges Choice’ entries. For those who were interested, three of my photos were exhibited: one showing a woman sitting on the floor next to her broom, taken from above; one…

5 Years On

Lord Dholakia

Last Thursday, 20th March, was the 5 year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. To mark the occasion, Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords tabled a bill demanding that an inquiry into the war begins before the next session of parliament. On Thursday morning, a group of concerned parliamentarians gathered in Old Palace Green…