Two eyes in inclusion?

Lord Holmes

Ever had a bonkers idea, you know, the sort that arrive in the wee small hours, they seem marvellous at the time; rubber feet to stop shoes and socks getting wet, chocolate beds in case you get the munchies… that kind of thing? When we wake most of us rightly smile, then neatly fold and…

A quick yomp through plurality

Baroness Deech

The Select Committee on Communications recently published a report on Media Plurality, that is, the need to secure many different voices and owners in the news output: as we put it – “achieving a workable approach to plurality, particularly in provision of news and current affairs, is generally considered fundamental to a well-functioning democratic society,…

I told you so!

Baroness Deech

I have just read in the Times about the “Scandal of wasted millions spent on the Olympic Games legacy projects.” I cannot resist referring you to my post of 9 February 2014, The Olympic Outrage, predicting precisely that outcome. Now we learn that taxpayers will be giving £200m towards a football stadium for West Ham (whose…

A New Year’s Resolution worth keeping?

Lord Bates

In recent weeks images and stories of the Christmas truce in 1914 have offered us a reassuring flicker of humanity in a time of collective insanity. The Queen used her to Christmas message to the Commonwealth to speak movingly about truce referring to the Olympics and the wider potential of sport to bring about reconciliation. The truce…

Evolution not revolution

Lord Tyler

For years some Peers’ strategy in the face of all reforming governments has been resistance and then snail-like reluctance in retereat. Witness the hard fought, last ditch rear-guard actions of the hereditaries to the Blair government’s removal of much of their number in 1998/99. Their watch word was always as little as possible, as slowly…

A fond farewell…

Lord Norton

Yesterday, the House broke with tradition and burst into applause.  The occasion was the valedictory speech of Lord Jenkin of Roding.  Under the House of Lords Reform Act, which took effect earlier this year, peers can now resign from the House.  The Procedure Committee produced proposals, agreed by the House, to mark the retirement of…

French Nobel Prize winner slates French rail reform

Lord Berkeley

President Hollande of France has welcomed the award of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics to Jean Tirole as being ‘good for France.’   French economist Jean Tirole’s award was for his work on the financial crises, oligopolies and network industries.  He is one of the most influential economists of our time; his publications on industrial organisation…