Lord Norton

Lords and media

Lord Norton

Peers sometimes complain that the House gets little media attention and sometimes have to complain when it does! In this post, I will address the former. The absence of regular media attention is understandable. The Commons is the elected chamber and the arena in which the grand debate between the parties occurs. The cameras go…

Emergency legislation

Lord Norton

The Banking (Special Provisions) Bill – the Bill to nationalise Northern Rock – is being rushed through both Houses. The Government regard it as emergency legislation, hence the perceived need to get it passed within three days. In order to enable it to be passed quickly, its provisions are drawn in general terms – that,…

The most fanciable peers?

Lord Norton

It appears that the Sky News team have named their most fanciable MPs. Not to be outdone when it comes to generating lists, the doyen of list-makers and bloggers, Iain Dale, has invited nominations for the most fanciable political journalists. Why is it that when such lists are compiled, the Lords never get a look…

Lords and Senate

Lord Norton

The fact that the race for the US Presidency is essentially (and unusually) between members of the US Senate (Obama, Clinton and McCain) does serve to emphasise the differences between the UK second chamber (the Lords) and the US second chamber (the Senate). One is not likely to see a fight for the premiership between…

What's in a name?

Lord Norton

Both Houses are not sitting this week. A few years ago, the House of Commons introduced a ‘constituency week’ in February for MPs. As the House of Lords now adopts the same recess dates as the Commons (though that may change when business is heavy), it too now rises for the same week. A little…