Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

As the Lords prepared to vote this week on the Queen’s Speech, I have been asked often about whether the so-called “Salisbury-Addison Convention” applies during this Parliament, to proposals from a Government which did not obtain a majority in the Commons.

Briefly, the Convention holds that the Lords does not reject Bills predicated on manifesto commitments, nor . . . → Read More: Will Labour Lords stick to their EU principles?

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”

Fixing the law on political party funding

First published on Mark Pack’s Liberal Democrat Newswire:

There are two central democratic principles which the UK political system breaches day after day, year in, year out. First, the idea that millions of votes not millions of pounds should decide elections: that parties should not be able to buy seats in Parliament. Second, that donors should not . . . → Read More: Fixing the law on political party funding