Tag Archive for Democracy

Counter terrorism policy

Lord Soley

We had a statement on counter terrorism policy yesterday. It makes sober reading. I intervened with a question (or my own statement!) pointing out that some vulnerable people and young people were targeted by terror groups using the argument that because bad things happen in a democracy we are therefore no better than some of…

Lords reform White Paper

Lord Norton

The Government White Paper on Lords reform is expected to be published tomorrow (Monday).   I and others will have the opportunity to comment further once it is published, but here are a few questions to bear in mind when you see the details: To what extent does the White Paper actually provide an intellectually coherent case for change as opposed…

Democracy but not on the roof of Parliament

Lord Soley

Yesterday there was a very large lobby of Parliament by people wanting a referendum on the EU legislation which they see as a constitution in all but name. Never mind the arguments about the constitution just now but consider why the media gave news priority to a very small group who climbed on the roof…

Permission to demonstrate

Lord Soley

The question of rights to demonstrate in Parliament Square and Downing Street came up yesterday. Following criticism of police action against demonstrators in Downing Street the Act that requires you to obtain permission prior to a demonstration is under review. The problem is about numbers. Parliament has always guarded the right to free and unrestricted…