Oh Lord!

Lord Tyler

Apparently we are going live today. So far, our blog confessions have had a very limited audience, but now anyone may see what we have been doing. Not that I have anything to hide. Indeed, I suspect that most members of the Lords would be only too happy if the public could and did take…

Parliamentary outreach

Lord Norton

Recognising that the House of Lords does not get a great deal of media coverage, and as such its work is not well known to the public, the Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, has initiated an outreach programme to schools and other institutions. Given that she cannot accept all the invitations she receives, other members of…

Lords and media 2

Lord Norton

Peers complain at times when the media pay little attention to the House. On occasion, though, they have grounds for complaint when the House is covered. There are times when reporting of the House derives from a very limited knowledge of the institution, resulting in inaccurate information being carried. Perhaps the most consistent bugbear as…

Lords and media

Lord Norton

Peers sometimes complain that the House gets little media attention and sometimes have to complain when it does! In this post, I will address the former. The absence of regular media attention is understandable. The Commons is the elected chamber and the arena in which the grand debate between the parties occurs. The cameras go…

Welcome, everyone

Baroness Murphy

I’m excited this blog site is finally going live tomorrow and hope very much ‘you lot out there’ will want to talk to us and tell us what’s on your mind. The peers taking part have been more or less talking to each other while getting the hang of it. Some of us, unlike former…

The Lords they are a blogging!

Lord Soley

After many trials and tribulations the Lords have got a blog site – thanks to the Hansard Society and the Lords Library and Information Department (and me!) The following will appear on the Guardian ‘Comment is free’ site on Monday: In 2003 I started a blog as an MP. I regarded it as a success…

Who can we believe about reconstruction in Afghanistan?

Baroness D'Souza

The Earl of Sandwich, that doughty and persistent campaigner, put down yet another question on development in Afghanistan. The answer was upbeat – 5 million children go to school, half a million families belong to microfinance schemes, 82% of people live in districts where there is access to basic health care. Of course it is…

Charities

Lord Dholakia

There are a number of differences between the House of Lords and the House of Commons. One of those I notice most is the way different parliamentarians prioritise their time. MPs are usually required to spend at least some time raising their profile and so will find the time to attend constituency events, make after-dinner…

Trust the Experts?

Lord Tyler

In the last week I have discussed the role of the House of Lords with two groups of students (40+ at a Sixth Form College in Taunton and later 40+ from Hull University), as well as some 30 middle-ranking civil servants and a couple of exceptionally erudite Canadian commentators. Two impressions are left from all…