• 3 Mar 2010

    Is Lord Paul right to say there could be 100 non-doms in the House of Lords?

  • 2 Mar 2010

    What Ashcroft says of state of House of Lords

    One subject that guarantees a yawn amongst the chattering classes, and that is more or less anything to do with the House of Lords.

  • 22 Jul 2009

    End of term and more

    Bye Bye to my member, and a word to Chris, Joe10 and Ken on yesterday’s class war blog. That’s it, they’ve gone! Eighty two days now before we see another MP in the House of Commons chamber on October 12th. And in what a parlous state they seem to be leaving British politics. Tomorrow, The…

  • 10 Jun 2009

    Constitutional reform: questions for Mr Brown

    Gordon Brown will signal today whether the political classes “get it” when it comes to combating the expenses scandal in parliament. “Getting it” extends well beyond expenses to full-blown reform of our system of governance, as I have written here before.

  • 15 May 2009

    Dishonoured honourables and the honours to come

    I am very struck by the huge response to both Snowblog and Channel 4 News this week – high-quality contributions and a number of very personal comparisons with what is happening in regard to disclosure of MPs‘ arrangements. Stan, as you return to work today after nine months without a job, I wish you well.

  • 10 May 2009

    MPs' expenses: there is much murkier gravy to come

    To hear Harriet Harman (leader of the House of Commons) on Friday night, MPs think they have now put their House in order. But surely “redacted” information about how they dispose of taxpayers’ cash into their expenses claims has to be transparent?

  • 8 May 2009

    MPs’ expenses: did system fuel the housing boom?

    If you step away from the details of bathplugs, unnecessary taxis and sibling cleaning contracts, there is a staggering picture emerging about the MPs who decide our laws. During the biggest housing boom in Britain’s history (and some economists argue in world history) many of the politicians who had the power to rein it in…