Save Our Pub

Lord Hodgson

The House had the Second Reading of the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill last week – a bill on which the Government suffered a surprise defeat at the very end of proceedings in the House of Commons as a result of which the pub “tie” – by which brewers give financial and other support…

Blasphemy laws

Lord Hylton

I wrote to the Foreign Office Minister about the case of Aasia Bibi in Pakistan, asking him to arrange for her appeal against the death sentence for blasphemy to be observed continuously by British and EU diplomats, when it eventually comes to be heard in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.  It is a kind of test case,…

Resettlement of Afghan Interpreters

Lord Hylton

I asked HMG whether they will accelerate the conclusion of requests for resettlement by Afghan interpreters and other personnel employed by the UK, either by offering refugee states in the UK, or by assisted resettlement in other countries. Lord Astor of Hever gave me the following reply :” The ex-gratia redundancy scheme includes an offer…

Has the government been drinking again?

Baroness Hayter

Something funny appears to be happening in the Department of Health. Some time ago, the government asked the Chief Medical Officers to review the accepted “Safe Drinking Levels”, in the light of more recent research, to see whether the 21 units per week (for men) and 14 units (for women) were still “best evidence” limits.…

The Meaning of Advent

Lord Hylton

The English word comes from the Latin “adventus” meaning coming, as in the coming of the Anglo-Saxons to England.  Advent calendars are now fashionable. Is the opening of their little windows just something to increase children’s anticipation of exciting Christmas presents? Or could it be something more? The Good-news is that God so loved the…

River of Poppies at the Tower of London

Lord Hylton

My grandfather, Raymond Asquith, was killed in 1916 in the battles on the Somme. His three brothers survived the war, though one was shell-shocked.  Other members of my family served at home and abroad during World War II. I therefore joined the many thousands who went to see the Tower moat, turned crimson red.  Mass…

The Politics of UKIP

Lord Hylton

A long-standing friend of mine is standing for UKIP in a Yorkshire constituency at the coming general election.  He views current politics in 18th century terms as the country versus the court parties, with UKIP in the country role. It seems to me that he and his fellow candidates will attract not only nationalist and populist…