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The safest place

Lord Norton

I continue to be fascinated by some of the search-engine terms that result in people being directed to this site.  Among recent terms are ‘puzzling questions in the bible’ and ‘men’s massage parlour + cochin’!   Other terms are more straightforward and raise queries that are clearly relevant to the Lords and, more generally, Parliament. One…

Problems of the long recess

Lord Norton

I have already commented on the fact that the long recess has meant that MPs and peers have not been able to question ministers on events in Georgia.  Had Parliament been sitting since the end of July, we would have had statements on a range of issues, including the economy, events in Georgia, world trade talks,…

Where we live

Lord Norton

The New Local Government Network has just published a paper arguing the case for an elected second chamber based on an analysis of the principal homes of the current members of the House.  It argues that London and the Home Counties are disproportionately ‘represented’ while some parts of the UK have relatively few peers living…

Mental health and Parliament

Lord Norton

According to The Sunday Times, the Government is planning to change the law so that people who have had certain mental health problems and are presently barred from being elected to Parliament can stand for election.  People who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act are barred from standing even if they have made…

The moral dilemma

Lord Norton

Earlier today, the House was debating the increase in world food prices.  There were some interesting speeches, including from Lord Alton of Liverpool on the cross-benches.  He touched upon the extent to which problems such as world poverty may be neglected when people in developed countries come under economic pressure.   It is the enduring dilemma:…