Lord Lipsey

Unjust speeding law

Lord Lipsey

When Chris Huhne was found guilty of attempting to get his wife to accept points for speeding, many people must have said:  “there but the grace of God.” If many naturally law-abiding Brits are breaking the law, we have to ask if the “four-strikes-and-you-are-out”  law is just? This is not a Jeremy Clarkson rant. On…

EBacc basics

Lord Lipsey

The government’s consultation on its proposals for a EBac, the English baccalaureate, close today, but one theme is sure to be prominent: howls of outrage at the way Michael Gove is trying to downgrade the place in our schools of the arts in general and of music in particular. History, geography, languages, English, maths: no…

Class politics

Lord Lipsey

As I enter my fortieth year working in or around Westminster, the political scene superficially resembles that which existed when I first arrived. But underneath , the tectonic plates have shifted. And for this there is one overwhelming reason. It is the decline of class as the central determinant of political parties,,party politics and electoral…

Pricey Peers

Lord Lipsey

Some people are for turning the House of Lords from an appointed to an elected House of Lords, and some are against. The arguments bat to and fro; but one has so far received virtually no attention: the cost of the government’s proposals for election.  In the first five years reform could end up costing…

Peer pressure

Lord Lipsey

  When I start my Lords’day at 7.00 am or so, there is nothing more irritating than reading yet another press story saying we peers just pop in to collect our £300 daily expenses. It is particularly galling when it appears in the Sunday Times, where I worked for six happy years, and which reported…