Speech to the Oxford Union – “Democracy is for sale”

At one of my first visits to the Union I heard Denis Norden – a great script-writer – begin his speech as follows:

“I have just come back from 6 months on Capri;  I was finishing a novel;  I am a slow reader …….”

In a debate a few months later I argued that, although the black arts . . . → Read More: Speech to the Oxford Union – “Democracy is for sale”

The future of liberal democracy?

Speaking to a special St Antony’s Seminar on 21st Century Democracy and the Challenges to Political Parties, Lib Dem Peer, Lord Tyler said:

I decided I was a Liberal on the night of the 29th October 1956 – my birthday, as it happened – when we discovered that the Israeli army was invading Egypt, apparently encouraged by the . . . → Read More: The future of liberal democracy?

This Government is getting too big for their electoral boots.

Late last night there was support across the whole House for the report of the Select Committee into the Trade Union Bill, on which I served. I originally suggested this Committee to prevent the Tories attacking the union funding of the Labour Party while ignoring their own dependence on millionaire donors, despite manifesto promises to adopt . . . → Read More: This Government is getting too big for their electoral boots.