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…


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…

lords reform

Lord Lipsey

I am in favour of very radical reform of the Lords, its arcane and inefficient procedures, a statutory appointments commission, the end of hereditaries, the eviction of criminals and tax evaders and much more taking of evidence and less speechifying. The only reform to which I am wholly opposed is election.

More high altitude democracy

Lord Soley

Following my comments below I note that the EU referendum group who got squeezed out of the media by the demonstration on the roof of Parliament decided to climb up a crane on the Middlesex Guildhall to draw attention to their protest. The original EU lobby attracted several thousand to Parliament but the rooftop demo…

Health in the Lords

Baroness Murphy

I’ve been fascinated to read other peers’ blogs, although trying not to rise to the Lord Norton’s bait about the most fanciable peers….(I naturally have a private list) but after reading Lord Dholakia’s diary week then seeing he has been running for charity I feel positively exhausted…I hope it’s doing him some good healthwise…. Health…

so what is a crossbencher?

Baroness D'Souza

The clue is in the title, it doesn’t mean a grumpy peer but one who has no party affiliation. We prefer now to call ourselves Independent crossbench peers (or ICPs) because the important bit is the independence. Most peers vote according to their Political Party line – or if they are seriously at odds with…

So very different in Italy

Baroness Murphy

A blogless gap because I was a few days away in Italy. This does wonders for recharging the batteries but also for appreciating the UK parliamentary system. The people of Lucca in northern Tuscany are deep into the campaign for the forthcoming general elections . So many parties, so little time to find out what…