Privy Council poppycock

Baroness Deech

The Royal Charter on Press Regulation has been signed off by the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council. Members of the public probably think that when the Queen in Privy Council is considering a new Charter, she sits with the wisest men and women of the realm, deliberating, drafting, listening to the pros…

Transparency of Lobbying Bill

Lord Hodgson

The Transparency of Lobbying Bill has given rise to concerns in the charity sector as to the impact this may have on their ability to influence policy development particularly in the run up to future General Elections. At its heart this issue is about where policy work crosses over into campaigning. The charity sector enjoys…

Women in Democracy

Baroness Valentine

15-21 November is Parliament Week- an annual event that raises awareness about Parliament and democratic life in the UK. This year, the theme is ’Women in Democracy’, and I am pleased to support it. My first job was at Barings bank in the 1980s and I was one of the first female executives to work there. At the time,…

Cross-party Progress

Lord Tyler

Some of the most rewarding – and effective – policy initiatives I have been involved with have been deliberately cross-party. As so many decisions need to be “future-proofed”, and as Parliament becomes more multi-party and less tribal, more work of this kind is both inevitable and welcome. After producing draft bills on Lords Reform (with…

Equality for husbands

Baroness Deech

This is more or less what I said during the debate this morning on the Equality (Titles) Bill, which aims to extend gender equality to titles and to husbands of lady peers:- We in this House are very ready to impose equality obligations on others, and must be equally ready to accept them ourselves. The…

A better and cheaper London solution for HS2

Lord Berkeley

Lords Bradshaw and Berkeley believe that the high speed lines of this country should be part of an integrated rail network with many services operating beyond the limits of high speed lines, and with the most economic and convenient links to major cities should reflect the needs of the passenger for easy interchange as well…

Data does make a difference

Lord McConnell

As a Mathematician with a lifelong passion for numbers I have always liked statistics. I am wary of them, of course. ‘There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” may be an overused quotation, but it does contain a grain of truth. In the wrong hands, ‘facts’ are not always what they…

Confusions

Baroness Thomas

The BBC is very good at radio drama which I often catch on car journeys.  But one or two sentences in one the other day had me seeing red. This was the 15 minute serial at the end of Woman’s Hour, which is repeated at 7.45 in the evening.  The serial was The Pursuits of…