Tag Archive for Olympics

Is London fit for Olympic purposes?

Baroness Deech

Today I tried to travel from Westminster to Holborn, a journey I make frequently and for which I normally allow half an hour.  There was a sign up in the underground indicating that the lines I would have used were severely delayed and others were closed.  Indeed, passengers had to be evacuated from a stalled…

Mount Olympus to London

Lord Norton

Lord Bates is away from the office at the moment.  He has begun a 2,000-mile walk from Mount Olympus in Greece to London in order to highlight the campaign for an Olympic Truce during London 2012.  As regular readers will know, this is something to which he is strongly committed.  His trip is self-financed and…

A fast one

Baroness Deech

I attended part of the debate today on the Olympics.  It was rather complacent – on time, within budget, legacy, culture, regeneration etc. etc.  Lord Patten was one of the few to express the concerns that I feel, about, inter alia, transport, security and carbon emission.  I have tried and failed to discover the total…

Climate change in the chamber

Baroness Deech

The extreme weather conditions of last week did not deter peers from turning up on Monday for a question about the Olympics and on Thursday for a debate on the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change.  There is a connection between the two topics. In the climate debate Lord Patel and a few others made the point that…

New peers appointed

Lord Norton

The House has acquired two new members.  The House of Lords Appointments Commission published on Monday the names of two new cross-bench peers:   Susan Campbell CBE, the Chair of UK Sport; she is also Chair of the Youth Sports Trust and has previously been British Colleges Pentathlon Champion. David Pannick QC, a barrister specialising in in public law,…