Random Thoughts: A catch up for the rest of June 2013

In this edition we have a birthday chimp, a couple of Russells, and a lot of Boyle. Another unscheduled gap in blogging and a fair bit to catch up on. Although we are (to my surprise) well in to July, here is a catch for June. This is the latest in my series of Random…

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Random Thoughts for 18th June 2013

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 10th June 2013 and 18th June 2013: A personal guide to the 13 most essential political podcasts | Stephen Tall Stephen gives a comprehensive guide to the podcast…

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John Bercow lecture on Parliamentary reform at the University of Bedfordshire

This year the University of Bedfordshire has begun a series of public policy lectures with prominent invited speakers. I presume that driving this is the influence of the newish vice chancellor former Labour MP and government minister Bill Rammell. Last month the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, spoke about parliamentary reform. He…

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Random Thoughts: A catch up for May 2013

I can’t really believe we are in June already. I seem to be having problems properly organising my time — and then there never seems to be enough of it. Also been suffering from “the curse of the interesting”. I keep finding new things interesting — but don’t have time/energy to do anything constructive about…

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Parliamentary constituencies in The Chilterns

This is a reference post listing the UK parliamentary constituencies that cover the area of England known as ‘The Chilterns’ with details of the current MP and their party. A while ago I noted this post which pointed out the correlation between which political parties people vote for and the geology of an area. So if…

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Random Thoughts for 8th April 2013: A late March catch-up

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 19th March 2013 and 8th April 2013. This is a catch up of things from the end of March and the beginning April 2013. Probably appears even more…

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Random Thoughts for 20th February 2013: Richard Briers, Caedmon and Ella Fitzgerald

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 12th February 2013 and 19th February 2013: The Liberal Democrats are the only fair tax party – Danny Alexander “In government, Labour increased tax on low income households;…

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Random Thoughts for 2nd February 2013

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 28th January 2013 and 2nd February 2013. This is largely catching up on the political news in January. David Laws announced as chair of manifesto working group I…

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Two parties, one majority: a view from the Clerk of the House

I was catching up on my podcasts recently and I came across an interview with Robert Rogers, the new Clerk of the House of Commons, on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour. He has an interesting, possibly unique, perspective being very much a Commons insider, he is one of the chaps in grey wigs who sit in…

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Speaker Bercow backs Select Committee amendments proposal

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the polite parliamentary row between two Liberal Democrat MPs, Sir Alan Beith and David Heath, over proposals to give select committees the power to table amendments to legislation in their own name. This suggestion, which would strengthen the powers of backbenchers, was supported by Sir Alan but…

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Is David Heath MP the first minister to use an iPad at the despatch box?

I wrote a few days ago about a polite and decorous parliamentary row that took place between two Liberal Democrat MPs David Heath and Sir Alan Beith. While the source of disagreement was about the powers of select committees it took place against the background of the debate about the use of ‘hand held electronic…

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Unlock Democracy’s submission on House of Lords reform

I blogged a few weeks ago about the submission I made, via Unlock Democracy, to the consultation on the draft House of Lords reform bill. You can read what I said here. An email from Unlock Democracy tells me that my thoughts, along with those of over 4,000 other people, have been submitted to the…

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Taking part in the House of Lords reform consultation

The official public consultation from the Joint Committee of the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill runs until 12 October and this week I have submitted my views to it. I used the simple to use process provided by Unlock Democracy that helps you to respond to the consultation. You can do the same and…

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Random Thoughts 11: Conference round-up edition

I’ve been working through my list of things to follow up on after last weeks trip to Birmingham for the Liberal Democrats’ Autumn Conference, including writing up various blog posts. To speed things up a bit I thought I’d use this edition of ‘Random Thoughts’ to round-up all those things from conference that I want…

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Signing up to Liberal Democrats for Lords Reform

I seem to have a huge and growing blogging back log building up. This includes various things that need writing up from the Social Liberal Forum conference which was exactly a fortnight ago. Hopefully it won’t take me another fortnight to get through them. One of them was to write about the “grassroots Liberal Democrat…

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