Tag Archive for whips

Partisan Peers

Lord Tyler

I am really sad to report that the House of Lords seems to be drifting further into the unthinking partisanship that Peers often accuse MPs of habitually exhibiting. Today’s debate on mandatory sentencing for knife crime was characterised by some particularly powerful speeches from all sides of the House.  The clear majority of the contributions…

The impact of the whips

Lord Norton

I organise a biennial international workshop of parliamentary scholars and parliamentarians.  The latest – the tenth – was held at the weekend at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire.  The panels covered a range of topics, including legislative adaptability, the relationship between parliaments and citizens, parliamentary scrutiny, and citizens’ expectations.  A couple of the panels focused on…