Tag Archive for referendum

In Scotland’s National Interest

Lord McConnell

Five years ago, Scotland’s unemployment was below the rest of the UK, and our Annual GDP growth rate had climbed above that of the United Kingdom.  In the past year, however, those positions have been reversed with unemployment higher and growth lower than the rest of the UK. Uncertainty and disagreement over the timing of…

An Early Election?

lordknight

Today is polling day for national elections in Wales & Scotland, council elections in much of England, the Leicester South by-election, and the Referendum on a new electoral system for the House of Commons. As all the political commentators are saying, it is the first major electoral test of the coalition; and all the parties…

Voting using the AV system.

Baroness Murphy

The death of Lord Strabolgi (pronounced Strabogie) an hereditary peer who sat on the Labour benches, (see Lord N’s blog about him)  has triggered a by-election within the House to elect a new hereditary peer. Usually the vote is held within party groups of hereditaries and we appointed ones don’t get to vote but this…

Constitutional reform

Lord Norton

Lord McNally, the Justice Minister, yesterday repeated the statement  – made in the Commons by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg  – on constitutional reform.  Rather like Nick Clegg, he attracted some critical questions.  This is hardly surprising given the scope of what is proposed.  There will be one Bill covering the equalisation of constituency boundaries,…

To Refer or not?

Baroness D'Souza

The Blog has been strangely silent over the bank holiday week-end – does this suggest that most of you blog only at work or that you are all out and about pursuing hobbies? I mentioned the possibility of a referendum on an elected House of Lords at last week’s meeting of Lord Norton’s Reform Group. It was…