Neighbourhood Watch, ASEAN Style

Lord McConnell

      The people of South East Asia are among the most friendly, tolerant and hard working people in the world. Yet, this region has been plagued with conflicts for decades. Exploited by European powers, occupied by Japan, carpet-bombed by the USA and led by hideous dictators, most of the region has suffered too much…

The Digital Opportunity: Make or Break Britain

Lord Holmes

Today, the Digital Skills Select Committee, of which I have been fortunate enough to be a member for the past year, published its report and recommendations. The everythingness of the digital opportunity is the fundamental point which we must get across:  training or trade, schooling or skills, education, health or employment, digital will change it…

Toothless ASA

Baroness Hayter

I recently complained to the ASA about a “Cotton Traders” ad for clothes by post which added in an “insurance” charge – albeit with an asterisk to a note below. This note showed that the insurance in fact only ensured that the stuff arrived in 7 days, and did not cover the goods themselves (and…

I’m a nutter according to Prince Charles

Lord Berkeley

I’m a nutter, according to Prince Charles!  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-charles/11387237/Prince-Charles-called-Labour-peer-a-nutter-for-trying-to-reform-Duchy-of-Cornwall.html xd150208 Nutter I have a private member’s bill waiting second reading in the lords, which is designed to make the necessary changes to legislation so that the Duchy of Cornwall is classed as a private entity, alongside many other private estates. The Duchy, in its Consultation Document…

Dear parliamentarian…

Lord Norton

In a previous post I have drawn attention to the decline in the volume of written correspondence flowing into the Palace of Westminster.  I have now received the data for 2014.  One can see from the following table the clear trend. The figures for 2005 onwards are (with the percentage going to the Lords in parenthesis): 2005 …

‘Moosings’ on milk

Lord Trees

Some years ago a prominent politician was castigated for not knowing the price of milk. It meant he was out of touch with everyday matters. In actual fact, as a shopper, I know that knowing the price of milk is not that easy – is it organic, skimmed, semi-skimmed, full-cream, half litre, one litre, two…

Control Freakery?

Lord Tyler

Just in case anyone outside the Palace of Westminster has been fooled by the recent deceitful diatribes that “MPs are lazy and given up on their Parliamentary duties” or “this final fifth year has turned us into a Zombie Parliament” I offer the following exchanges in the Lords today: Lord Grocott: To ask Her Majesty’s…

Different practices

Lord Norton

When the first vote took place on 16 January on an amendment to the Assisted Dying Bill, the result was announced as 107 for the amendment and 180 against.  However, this was later corrected when it was found that one peer had voted in both lobbies.  In the Lords, if a peer votes in both…