Category: Politics


My book “What Diplomats Do: the life and work of diplomats” now also out in paperback: with a big discount available (now extended to the end of 2017)

This is (obviously) a new post on my Ephems blog.  This time it’s also an advertisement. My first (and only) book, What Diplomats Do: the life and work of diplomats, was published in the United...


The Lords’ amendments to a government financial statutory instrument are an attempted power grab that drives a coach and horses through a vital constitutional doctrine

The Lords’ refusal yesterday evening (26.10.2015) to approve the government’s statutory instrument incorporating cuts to tax credits was gloriously right as to the substance, but catastrophically wrong constitutionally. Part of the price paid for...