Andrew Adonis’ new study of Prime Ministers since Churchill shows how difficult it is to reach an acceptable, and practical, European policy.
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 […]
This is not all about him. It is about the kind of country which the UK is going to become.