Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
This is not all about him. It is about the kind of country which the UK is going to become.
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. I look into my glass, And view my wasting skin, And say, "Would God it came to pass My heart had shrunk as thin! The words in a speech that move most deeply, more often than not, aren't actually deployed in it. They are: I was there. Lords Jopling, […]
By Jonathan IsabyFollow Jonathan on Twitter Yesterday saw the first day of a two-day debate in the House of Lords on the Government's recently published proposals for introducing a predominantly elected second chamber. Over 100 peers are due to speak in the debate over the two days and yesterday a number of senior Tories – […]
The Guardian reports that Hansard – marking their centenary as the official record of Parliamentary proceedings – have published a book of the greatest parliamentary speeches of the last hundred years. Senior figures have been asked to identify their favourite speech of the 1909 – 2009 period. Rather surprisingly, the achingly partisan Gordon Brown has chosen Sir […]
Lord Howe of Aberavon, better known as Geoffrey Howe, spoke in the House of Lords yesterday about foreign affairs. Here are some highlights from his speech: "I start with a word about defence. We have long been accustomed, in government or out of it, to being able to fulfil our central objective, which is the […]