House of Lords

Arise Lord Prescott

31 May 2010 11:26

It’s John Prescott’s birthday – or Lord Prescott, as he will soon be. How odd of JP to don the ermine, given that he is on record saying that he… Continue reading


Hurd weighs in on the 55 percent debate

14 May 2010 16:30

Plenty of eyes on the Tory grandees at the moment.  I mean, the right of the party isn’t exactly delighted with the LibCon coalition – so the search is on… Continue reading


The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body

1 April 2010 15:59

Meanwhile, can there be any doubt that the House of Lords remains, despite everything, the finest legislative body in the world? The people who want to put us through yet… Continue reading


John Butterfill won’t get a peerage…

23 March 2010 9:47

…confirms David Cameron, at his monthly press conference.  If you didn’t catch last night’s Dispatches, Butterfill is the Tory MP who said, among other things, that it is “quite likely… Continue reading


Cameron Must Show a Ruthless Streak

7 March 2010 8:53

There is an excellent piece on the Ashcroft affair from Martin Ivens in the Sunday Times today. He quotes a member of Team Cameron: "Why didn’t David just take Ashcroft… Continue reading


Labour’s pursuit of Ashcroft could backfire

2 March 2010 12:18

I wrote yesterday that Lord Ashcroft’s statement about his tax status should have drawn a "rather neat line under the issue".  Sure, it’s hardly ideal that someone with such influence… Continue reading


The House of Lords at its exceptional best

7 January 2010 23:11

Archbishop George Carey has his detractors, but his article in the Times is a candid explanation of the ills that unfettered immigration is causing this country. The tone is so… Continue reading


Three Cheers for the House of Lords

12 November 2009 0:09

Everyone, and not without reason, holds the House of Commons in some degree of contempt. This has provoked any number of proposals for reforming the lower house. One simple, if… Continue reading

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Welcome reforms, but they do not provide the complete answer

29 October 2009 13:00

Baroness Royall has confirmed the Eames inquiry’s recommendation that the House of Lords has its own standards watchdog, following allegations that four Labour peers offered to amend laws for specific… Continue reading


Ironically, Cameron can only deconstruct the state by manipulating central patronage

15 October 2009 9:04

If it remains a mystery that, 12 years after describing the House of Lords as an “affront to democracy”, Labour have not attempted wholesale reform, then look no further than… Continue reading


David Cameron, his Goats & his Pocket Boroughs

15 October 2009 2:05

The other day Pete mentioned David Cameron’s desire to bring in outsiders to staff his government ministries, making it a Tory version of Gordon’s so-called Government Of All the Talents.… Continue reading


Bercow wants Lords Mandelson and Adonis to be questioned by MPs

24 September 2009 18:02

Speaker Bercow has suggested that prominent cabinet ministers who sit in the House of Lords should be brought before the backbenchers for scrutiny. The Telegraph’s James Kirkup has the details:… Continue reading


The benefit of the Lords

8 July 2009 16:31

I disagree with Helena Kennedy on a whole host of issues, but her speech last night in the Lords debate on assisted suicide was fantastic. Here’s the opening section of… Continue reading


A welcome rejection of assisted suicide

7 July 2009 22:10

I’m delighted that Lord Falconer has just failed in his attempt to legalise assisted suicide for people sending friends and relatives to Swiss death clinics. This is a topic which… Continue reading