Figures of Speech

I took the opportunity of the February Recess to pay a fascinating first visit to India.   So many impressions, but only room for one here:  quite apart from our success in tracking down some family connections, I was struck by the resilience of the English language – often in a delightfully dated form.  My daily reading . . . → Read More: Figures of Speech

AV Abstention?

I am looking forward immensely to the AV contest on 22nd March.

No, not the referendum clash between Margaret Beckett and Lord Prescott (for the “No” campaign) and Helena Bonham-Carter and Colin Firth (for “Yes”) on 5th May.

Instead I have in mind the by-election for a Hereditary Peer to replace the veteran Labour Lord Strabolgi, who died . . . → Read More: AV Abstention?


In amongst the relative tedium of debates on the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, there have been some moments of mind-blowing revelation.

Labour Peer Lord Lipsey gave a vivid example of the dangers of imposing artificial turnout and acceptance thresholds on the results of votes. He said:

“If there is a vote on this, if the . . . → Read More: Absurdity