I’m a nutter according to Prince Charles

Lord Berkeley

I’m a nutter, according to Prince Charles!  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/11387237/Prince-Charles-called-Labour-peer-a-nutter-for-trying-to-reform-Duchy-of-Cornwall.html xd150208 Nutter I have a private member’s bill waiting second reading in the lords, which is designed to make the necessary changes to legislation so that the Duchy of Cornwall is classed as a private entity, alongside many other private estates. The Duchy, in its Consultation Document…

Dear parliamentarian…

Lord Norton

In a previous post I have drawn attention to the decline in the volume of written correspondence flowing into the Palace of Westminster.  I have now received the data for 2014.  One can see from the following table the clear trend. The figures for 2005 onwards are (with the percentage going to the Lords in parenthesis): 2005 …

‘Moosings’ on milk

Lord Trees

Some years ago a prominent politician was castigated for not knowing the price of milk. It meant he was out of touch with everyday matters. In actual fact, as a shopper, I know that knowing the price of milk is not that easy – is it organic, skimmed, semi-skimmed, full-cream, half litre, one litre, two…

Control Freakery?

Lord Tyler

Just in case anyone outside the Palace of Westminster has been fooled by the recent deceitful diatribes that “MPs are lazy and given up on their Parliamentary duties” or “this final fifth year has turned us into a Zombie Parliament” I offer the following exchanges in the Lords today: Lord Grocott: To ask Her Majesty’s…

Different practices

Lord Norton

When the first vote took place on 16 January on an amendment to the Assisted Dying Bill, the result was announced as 107 for the amendment and 180 against.  However, this was later corrected when it was found that one peer had voted in both lobbies.  In the Lords, if a peer votes in both…

The Assisted Dying Bill

Lord Norton

Some people query the value of Private Members’ Bills on the grounds that relatively few make it to the statute book.  My view is that they are extremely valuable for raising issues, getting them debated and, in so doing, testing the arguments for and against.  Some of the issues covered by Private Members’ Bills attract far…

Reject or revise?

Lord Tyler

I suppose we should all know by now, but it still seems odd to me that the positions taken up by many Peers seem so at variance with their Party, their colleagues in the Commons and with their promises to the electorate in party manifestos.   In recent days Labour backbench Peers have been universally critical,…