Lord Soley

More high altitude democracy

Lord Soley

Following my comments below I note that the EU referendum group who got squeezed out of the media by the demonstration on the roof of Parliament decided to climb up a crane on the Middlesex Guildhall to draw attention to their protest. The original EU lobby attracted several thousand to Parliament but the rooftop demo…

Democracy but not on the roof of Parliament

Lord Soley

Yesterday there was a very large lobby of Parliament by people wanting a referendum on the EU legislation which they see as a constitution in all but name. Never mind the arguments about the constitution just now but consider why the media gave news priority to a very small group who climbed on the roof…

Permission to demonstrate

Lord Soley

The question of rights to demonstrate in Parliament Square and Downing Street came up yesterday. Following criticism of police action against demonstrators in Downing Street the Act that requires you to obtain permission prior to a demonstration is under review. The problem is about numbers. Parliament has always guarded the right to free and unrestricted…

Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee

Lord Soley

We shall be taking evidence from the Government Departments dealing with communicable diseases tomorrow (Monday). This session is open to the public. To attend just come to the House of Lords and ask to go to the Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee hearing. As long as there is room in the public area (and there should…

Broadcasting

Lord Soley

On Wednesday there was a question calling on the BBC to make daily announcements of business in Parliament on the main news channels. I have some sympathy with this idea although doing it in a formalised way might not attract much attention. I drew attention to the Director General’s recent announcement indicating that he was…