Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the tag “lords reform”

End of Term Report: Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats, possibly slightly to their surprise found themselves holding the balance of power at the last election and that led to them going into coalition. So how have they done in the last five years?

How do we measure what they have done? On one hand we can measure “how well they have governed” – if we can agree what we mean by “well”. On the other hand we can look at it from the point of view of raw politics. Read more…


Fracking Good Geography, Howell

He [Lord Howell] had said that fracking, a form of shale gas extraction, should take place in the North East because there were large uninhabited areas.

But he told the [Telegraph] newspaper north-east England was not “in his mind at all” when he made the comments “but it came out of my mouth as the North East”.
BBC News Website 1 August 2013 Fracking comments peer Lord Howell meant North West
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Lording it, or a Peerless Reform?

The reaction to the Queen’s Speech (BBC News Website 9 May 2012) seems to highlight some confused thinking about Lords Reform. Read more…

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