Tag Archive for Palace of Westminster

If we move…

Lord Norton

A building can shape how people behave.  The Palace of Westminster is a remarkable building.  Its structure and internal design shape how we operate.  I find it difficult to imagine engaging in the activities we do in any place other than the current Palace.  Having visited many other legislatures, I still prefer our own. As you will…

Cold comfort

Lord Norton

The Palace of Westminster is a magnificent, indeed awe-inspiring, building.  I admire it every time I walk in.  However, it is beginning to show its age.  Many of the internal systems – water, gas, heating, ventilation, electrics, drainage and communication – have exceeded their economic service life and major modernisation is required.  As the Chairman…

The great stink

Lord Norton

As Baroness d’Souza touches upon in her earlier post, the original Parliament buildings, other than Westminster Hall, were destroyed by fire in 1834.   In their place, a new Palace of Westminster, designed by Charles Barry, was constructed.  There remains a fire risk, but in the history of the Palace that has not been the only challenge.  In…

Why demonstrate?

Lord Norton

When people demonstrate outside Parliament, they tend to congregate in Parliament Square.  It has space for large demonstrations and it faces the Commons’ end of the Palace of Westminster.  Some groups, however, demonstrate by the George V statue opposite the Lords’ end of the Palace.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I get a…

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…