Tag Archive for Peers

Congestion in the chamber

Baroness Deech

Wednesday 20th found the chamber exceptionally crowded.  Every seat was taken by the time prayers were read; and those who came in afterwards either had to stand behind the bar, or sit on the gangway steps, or around the throne or between the Speaker and the despatch box.  As soon as one of the seated…

Discrimination against Men

Baroness Deech

From the moment I was elevated to the peerage, I was struck by the exclusion of my husband from the title that I would have and from some other privileges accorded to the wives of male peers sitting in the House. Titles and suchlike are trivial, and yet highly symbolic.  For in this case the…

More quiz questions… who are we?

Lord Norton

Should you be running out of questions for festive family quizzes, here are a couple in the format suggested by hifranc.  Who are the two peers? Peer 1: My father sat as an MP for Hull between the wars. I am the longest-serving peer of my party in the House of Lords. Who am I? Peer…

Public attitudes towards the press

Lord Norton

I received yesterday a copy of the survey of public attitudes towards conduct in public life carried out by BMRB Social Research for the Committee on Standards in Public Life.   The survey, conducted earlier this year, covers the media as well as politicians.  Its findings on the media tend to reinforce the points made in my…

The economic situation

Lord Norton

There will be a full debate in the House on Monday on the current economic situation.  More than forty peers will be taking part.  Lord Myners will lead for the Government.   Speakers will include eight peers who have served in the Treasury (three as Chancellor of the Exchequer), economists (including four professors), leading figures in…