My Lords, perhaps hearing of the experience that I had at one stage of being chaplain to an Anglican school that had a house of Jewish boys in it might help noble Lords to be less anxious about what may happen, not only about the 25 per cent but also on the question of communities that can live together. In this case, there was no doubt that a small group of boys from a very distinctive faith...
My Lords, I, too, welcome the opportunity provided by this debate to hear how Members of your Lordships' House might flesh out the bare bones of the big society and flush out Her Majesty's Government's thinking about how we are going to rebuild society. I emphasise the "how" because I am temperamentally suspicious of abstract nouns. What is "big society" shorthand for? Let me offer a simple...
My Lords, I, too, welcome the Minister to his new responsibilities, as I welcome the slender commitment in the gracious Speech-overshadowed as much of it was by a concern for economic survival-to "global collaboration" and to, "nought point seven per cent of gross national income in development aid from 2013". I believe we must all hope and pray that a new-found determination among Members of...
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Left the House of Lords on 30 September 2010 — retired
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