Lord Holmes of Richmond

Hinkley – is there a point?

Lord Holmes

Despite the deals, dual fuel and constant noise about changing your supplier, domestic suppliers of energy still appear to make the process opaque and painful.  But if you think that’s pain, how about paying almost three times the market price for electricity, indexed to inflation for 35 years – that’s the Hinkley Point proposition.  A…

NOBILITY ON MOBILITY

Lord Holmes

I grew up in working class Kidderminster and am now in the House of Lords.  I haven’t the first idea how this came to pass but I guess social mobility must be in it somewhere. It was that and more which made me delighted to be part of the select committee on social mobility, our report…

Thinking outside the box

Lord Holmes

Last Tuesday I took part in the debate considering the report of the Lords Communications Committee on Women in News and Current Affairs Broadcasting. The report was excellent, not least as a result of the superb stewardship of the Committee Chair, Lord Best. The picture painted by the report was not bright, a world far…

If you can’t stand, you can’t sit

Lord Holmes

Friday saw the 2nd reading of Lord Faulkner of Worcester’s Accessible Sports Grounds Bill. Across the chamber there was support for what the Bill was seeking to achieve- reasonable access for disabled spectators to sports grounds, not least those of football’s Premier League.  I was delighted to take part in the debate on the Bill.…

Time to stop sharing?

Lord Holmes

Today I have published detailed research into so called “shared space”.  This is the architectural conceit, the planning folly which proposes that the removal of kerbs, road markings, controlled crossings such as zebras and pelicans and so on leads to a better experience for all users of our streets.  To be clear this means no…