Luck

Lord Tyler

Luck – that is what dominates so much of life in Parliament. Both in the Commons and in the Lords Members will admit that they have been as often lucky as skilful in their successes. And, indeed, bad luck can be even more devastating than bad judgement. I was reminded of this yesterday, and then…

Broadcasting

Lord Soley

On Wednesday there was a question calling on the BBC to make daily announcements of business in Parliament on the main news channels. I have some sympathy with this idea although doing it in a formalised way might not attract much attention. I drew attention to the Director General’s recent announcement indicating that he was…

quiet times

Lord Lipsey

To the outside world the Lords may look quiet at the moment. We had one exciting vote this week as involved sex, something we Lords enjoy talking about the alternative at our time of life being rare: namely whether gay couples should be discriminated against for IVF. But generally votes have been sparse and controversy…

Intergovernmental Organisations Committee

Lord Soley

The Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee was set up late last year. I had argued the case for a select committee to examine the way the government uses taxpayers money with intergovernmental organisations and to consider how contemporary issues of international policy are addressed through United Kingdom membership of intergovernmental organisations (excluding the European…

Lords keeping up with events

Lord Tyler

The House of Lords has a fusty reputation, always behind the times. But we can move quite quickly if we want to. There is a new item for our business today: we will be interrupted for an hour or so for the Government to tell us what is happening in the row with the Russians.…