Universities and freedom of speech

Baroness Deech

 My speech on 26 November-  Many Members of this House will have been students when there were troubles of one sort or another, depending on the age. Indeed, we may have cut our teeth on some of them. There were protects, sometimes violent, in the past, but never have those protests been so widely or…

I told you so! Part 2

Baroness Deech

As I have said before, the Olympics 2012 were a waste of money, with no legacy – http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/12/31/i-told-you-so/ and no increase in young people playing sport – http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/02/09/the-olympic-outrage/. Now we find the awards were vitiated by drugs. See Lawson in the Sunday Times today: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/columns/dominiclawson/article1632918.ece The revelations are hardly surprising, and the response is pretty…

Olympic Truce for Rio Games 2016

Lord Bates

Media reports might lead us to believe that there isn’t much unanimity in United Nations deliberations at present. Yet, just over two weeks ago the UN General Assembly came together to express a single, yet largely unreported, collective hope. That hope was a resolution A/70/L.3 which set out the terms for the observance of the…

rail monopoly news – France and Germany’s railways are falling apart!

Lord Berkeley

Rail monopoly news.  An irregular comment paper from Tony Berkeley, 7 November 2015  France and Germany’s railways are falling apart; other member states may not wish to follow them. France and Germany still lobbied the Transport Council against the changes that could revitalise their railways. Now, with the EC/EP/Council Trilogues already started, I reflect on…

Still Suffragettes

Baroness Deech

I went to see the new film “Suffragette”, (director Sarah Gavron, daughter of Labour peer Lord Gavron, who sadly died recently) at a special showing in Westminster. It isn’t perfect, but it certainly makes you think.  This is what I thought. The struggle is not over.  There are equality laws in place, but women are still not…

Protest

Lord Tyler

In a quieter moment last week, sitting on our front bench on Wednesday, I was inspired to leaf through unexplored pages of that essential guide to whole way in which the House of Lords works, the Companion.   My eye was caught by an unfamiliar section: PROTESTS, which read as follows:   Any member has the…

“Inside Syria” by Reese Erlich

Lord Hylton

Prometheus Books – Amherst – NY  pub 2014 – ISBN: 978-1-61614-948-2235 pages + Appendices, Chronology, Notes on Sources, and Index The author is an American journalist, who grew up in California as a politically active student, from a Jewish family, who protested against the Vietnam War. He gives a useful background on Syria since the…