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My Lords, forgive me for not standing. If I stand, noble Lords will have to pick me up, so it is better that I keep sitting. Each situation is very personal to who you are dealing with and to make rules and regulations is very difficult because each situation is also different. It will be extremely difficult to make rules and regulations that cover everything. Of course, we must try, because...
My Lords, I make no apology for saying that I feel personally deprived. That is the feeling that I get from other noble Lords: we all feel personally deprived. I cannot say that I have had a burning desire to vote in every general election, but in the two most recent elections I wanted to vote because some very big issues were presented to us. However, we had no vote. The noble Lord, Lord...
My Lords, I have something very different to say, as usual. I am going to be very non-politically correct, and I want your Lordships to think about political correctness because I think we have tied ourselves up in knots by giving in to it. It is not a good thing for us. We see things happening but we do not speak about them because it is not politically correct. Who says so? Who says that we...
Entered the House of Lords on 11 June 1990
Party was Conservative until 3 Dec 1998; Crossbench until 31 Jul 1999; Conservative until 12 May 2008