Tag Archive for Peers

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,…

If only…

Lord Norton

I switched on BBC1 this evening, too late for Panorama, and no sooner had I switched on than I saw a shot of Westminster.  This was in a programme called New Tricks and it showed what purported to be a meeting with a Labour peer at the House of Lords.  The programme-makers clearly have no knowledge…

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…

Podcast: Beyond the Chamber

Lord Norton

Parliament has started producing podcasts as part of its programme of utilising new media to explain what it does.  It has produced one on how MPs and peers go about their work away from their respective chambers.   Though the media focus is on the chamber, most time of parliamentarians is taken up with committees, correspondence, meeting with…