Reform of the Italian Senate

Baroness Murphy

Regular bog followers will know that in summer recess I am usually in Tuscany, Italy, where everyone will be delighted to know that the weather is worse than in the UK, the worst summer here since 1960.  (Good for the olives though). But following the dramas of Italian politics is as addictive as ever, not…

Attending Cabinet

Lord Norton

The House last night voted by 177 votes to 29 in support of a motion by Baroness Boothroyd that welcomed Baroness Stowell as Leader of the House, but regretted the decision of the PM to diminish the standing of the House by not making her a full member of Cabinet and requesting him to reconsider…

Review of a publication – “Gulen on Dialogue”

Lord Hylton

 ”Gulen on Dialogue” by Frances Sleap and Omer Sener – 33 pages plus large bibliography – pub 2014 (Hizmet Studies)ISBN 978 0 9929312 0 9 – www.HizmetStudies.org  This new pamphlet in a semi-hard cover deserves serious study and wide distribution. Hizmet is a Turkish word meaning service, to the world and to one’s neighbour.  It…

Important Debates

Lord Hylton

In the last two weeks I have spoken twice on the Assisted Dying Bill (2nd Reading) and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The first attracted 123 speakers and the second, shorter one, 23.  The allowed speaking time was 4 minutes for the first, and 5 for the second.  Both debates were well-informed and thoughtful.…

Partisan Peers

Lord Tyler

I am really sad to report that the House of Lords seems to be drifting further into the unthinking partisanship that Peers often accuse MPs of habitually exhibiting. Today’s debate on mandatory sentencing for knife crime was characterised by some particularly powerful speeches from all sides of the House.  The clear majority of the contributions…