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The Speaker has to balance tradition and change – but defend Parliament

Posted on 22 June 2009 | 11:06am

Whoever becomes Speaker today will start their tenure, as have their predecessors, by being ‘dragged reluctantly’ to the chair. One of those traditions. Like the Queen at Ascot, and rain at Wimbledon. Funny hearing Roger Federer saying he hoped it rained when he was playing on the centre court so that he could see what it […]

Less a blog than an apology for not having done one

Posted on 21 June 2009 | 8:06pm

Since starting this blogging malarkey some months back, I have done at least one every day. Obsessive, moi? This is really just a way of keeping up that record, though when we go away for our summer holiday I do not intend, unlike on the Scottish holiday we had at Easter, to blog every day. […]

The day Lions skipper Paul O’Connell took my trousers down

Posted on 20 June 2009 | 11:06am

I thought that might grab some attention as Mr O’C prepares to lead out the Lions in South Africa, and I promise I will come on to the debagging incident in a moment. But first a brief message from Jane Appleton, she of the ‘let’s raise 50k in memory of AC’s friend Henry Hodge’ who […]

On the Iraq inquiry, Independent article wrong

Posted on 19 June 2009 | 8:06pm

Guardian online have quoted me accurately, whilst this morning’s Independent misrepresented my position, on the Iraq war inquiry. The Guardian was quoting what I said at an event at the Commons last night, in which Robert Peston of the BBC, Tory MP Alan Duncan and I were garnering ‘cash for questions’ to raise money for the […]

Thank you to three readers, now please get involved

Posted on 19 June 2009 | 9:06am

This blog comes courtesy of three readers of previous blogs, whose ideas will hopefully spark debate and involvement from others. First, thanks to Jane Appleton who had the idea of trying to make ‘Facebook friends of AC’ one of the fifty £50k donors to Leukaemia Research for the charity’s fiftieth anniversary.We launched this yesterday in honour […]

A tribute to a lovely man

Posted on 18 June 2009 | 5:06pm

I make no apology for renewing so soon the appeal I made here yesterday for donations towards Leukaemia Research’s Big 5-0 campaign, in which we are trying to get fifty donations of fifty thousand pounds to celebrate the charity’s fiftieth anniversary next year. If you remember, I said at the end of the blog about […]

Bad times in Belfast, great day for Burnley, odd statement from Ed Balls

Posted on 18 June 2009 | 10:06am

A changed, more peaceful Northern Ireland is one of Labour’s proudest achievements. It has been wonderful, in recent times, to visit the place and find yourself talking to people about the weather, football, books, house prices, not the bombings and hatreds that defined Northern Ireland for so long. So there is something really depressing about the […]

A plea for five-figure cyber-donations

Posted on 17 June 2009 | 7:06am

I am determined to get my first big cyber-donation for Leukaemia Research, so please pass this among any rich friends and relatives you think might have a spare fifty grand, or any businesses who are doing ok despite the recession and looking for new Corporate Social Responsibility schemes. Then I will get them along to the kind […]

On two inquiries

Posted on 16 June 2009 | 8:06am

What with the extraordinary events unfolding in Iran, and the announcement of the inquiry into the war in Iraq, there was no room on the main news last night for the case of Christine Laird, who was accused of lying about her history of depression when she applied for a job with Cheltenham Borough Council. […]

From India to Iran to Labour wit

Posted on 15 June 2009 | 10:06am

If diplomacy is war by other means, sometimes the same can be said of sport, which is why an India-Pakistan cricket match has long been on my list of ‘must see before I die’ sporting events. The appetite was further whetted by the sight and sound of the Indian support at the Twenty20 clash with England […]