The Need to Speak Out

Lord Noon

It has been widely reported that, when the House of Commons returns, in October the Home Secretary will announce plans to introduce ‘gagging orders’ (perhaps similar to those imposed on members of the IRA in the 1980s) against named individuals and organisations who promote jihad and the radicalisation of British Muslims. As Teresa May takes…

The Considered Opinion of Sunni Islam

Lord Hylton

It should be more widely known that 126 Muslim leaders and scholars, on September 9th,  sent an Open Letter to Dr Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, known as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the declared Caliph of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).  The authors came from every country in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Nigeria…

Use of the Parliament Act

Lord Norton

In the latest issue of The House, Paul Waugh and Daniel Bond interview William Hague.  On the Private Member’s Bill on an EU referendum, introduced last session by James Wharton and introduced in this session by Bob Neill, they ask the Leader of the House of Commons whether the Prime Minister would be ready to use…

Parliament recalled today

Baroness Murphy

Parliament recalled today, to discuss the proposed bombing of Isil in Iraq; I am following the debate with interest. I am always uneasy when all political parties agree and I am uncertain about the wisdom of joining what may turn out to be a half-hearted attempt to rid the world of a murderous organisation. If…

The West Lothian question

Lord Norton

The ‘West Lothian question’ is a term coined by Enoch Powell after the then constituency of Tam Dalyell, who raised the issue.  However, the issue of what to do with representatives from a part of the kingdom which is given home rule was raised in the 19th Century during debates on Irish home rule.  It was…

I vow to thee my country

Baroness Deech

Vows are much in the news these days. All three party leaders have “vowed” to give Scotland more powers and to do so very quickly. Moreover Gordon Brown has vowed to ensure that this happens (surely he has no relevant status to achieve this?) The word “vow” comes from the Latin votum, which by an…

Terrible idea halted just in time!

Lord Holmes

Earlier this month South West Trains told passenger groups it was suspending the audio announcements of train information at Waterloo Station for a two-week trial. This was a particularly strange decision given that just two years ago they had spent almost £3million on a new 90-decibel system, comprising 1,000 speakers, which it said would deliver…

Who and What is Rojava?

Lord Hylton

Everyone by how has heard of the horrors of the Syrian civil war.  We all know about chemical weapons and barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.  We all grieve for the refugees driven into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  The deaths and injuries from the fighting and repression are probably on the same scale as those of…