Partisan Peers

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 – not . . . → Read More: Partisan Peers

Partial affections?

The House of Lords had the nearest thing it ever has to an almighty row on Wednesday.  Peers on all sides are really angry that the Cabinet game of musical chairs seems to have ended up with no proper seat for the Leader of our House.

I know from experience at both ends of the building (having . . . → Read More: Partial affections?

A better United Kingdom?

Yesterday’s debate on the constitutional implications of the Scottish independence referendum naturally highlighted the profound and shocking potential impacts of a ‘Yes’ vote on 18 September.  However, there was a consistent theme – growing in intensity as the evening wore on – that there were important implications for the whole of the UK, whatever the outcome . . . → Read More: A better United Kingdom?