Campaign group calls on Goverment to abandon useless Thames Tidway Tunnel

Lord Berkeley

On Friday 5 May 2016, the Thames Blue Green Economy campaign group published a devastating critique of Thames Water’s Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT), and calls on the Government and Thames Water to halt preliminary works and to set up an Inquiry into the suspect financing and institutional arrangements behind the project. The report, ‘The Case Against…

Refugees and Turkey

Lord Hylton

Refugees and Turkey The whole world is grateful to Turkey for taking in a very large number of Syrians. It has provided health care for many, while allowing some to work for their living, and perhaps one-third of the children attend school. On the other hand, if things are as good as the Turkish ambassador…

The UK is still in railway wrecking mode!

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news – 27April 2016  Message to European Transport Council – Why follow the UK to wreck parts of the 4th Railway Package Message to the European Parliament – Don’t validate the Technical pillar yet!  The UK Government is putting the 4th Railway Package at risk by digging its heels in with France (and…

Lord Walton of Detchant

Lord Norton

The House has just lost one of its oldest, but also one of its most active, members in Lord Walton of Detchant, who has died at the age of 93.  He was a regular attender and speaker until a few weeks ago, when he was taken ill.  He was professor of neurology at Newcastle University…

A representative House?

Lord Tyler

The indefatigable researchers of the Lords Library have updated the information they gave me earlier in the year on the age profile of Peers. Excluding those that have taken “leave of absence” or are disqualified there are now only two Members under 40 (both of them are 39) and there are 12 over the age…

A Better Deal for Disabled Persons

Baroness Deech

For close to a year I chaired the Lords’ Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee.  It was set up in June 2015 to examine the impact of the Equality Act on disabled persons, a group who had once enjoyed the protection of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, designed solely for them.  Now all 9 “protected characteristics” (gender…

Gaudeamus igitur

Baroness Deech

Recent depressing news reports that some graduates from lower performing universities go on to earn less after ten years in work than those who did not go to university at all (Institute of Fiscal Studies). Creative arts and communications studies graduates earned less than those who studied economics and medicine; women earned less than men and…