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Results 281–295 of 295 for speaker:Lord Morgan

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] - Committed to Committee (12 Sep 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, can we not move on? We are hearing against this Bill precisely the arguments that were made against the Reform Act 1832. Can we please progress? Motion agreed.

Historical Allegations:Operation Conifer - Question (18 Oct 2018)

Lord Morgan: The House will appreciate the tone of the Minister’s reply, which seemed very fair, but the excellent Question from the noble Lord, Lord Armstrong, refers to historical allegations. These are not, of course, allegations by historians. We have a tradition in politics in this country of allowing these accusations to fester over decades, with the result that it is very difficult to form a...

Housing: Prefabricated Council Houses - Question (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I agree very much with the previous question. In the 1940s, that great man Aneurin Bevan was not merely launching the National Health Service but running a very forward-looking and successful housing programme. Bevan insisted that council housing should have very much the same high qualities, referred to by the noble Lord, Lord Thomas. The Minister is a forward-looking man, and I...

Operation Conifer: Sir Edward Heath - Question (12 Nov 2018)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, an American political scientist once said that the curse of public life in this country is the curse of secrecy. Is this not a classic example of it? The Government are, in effect, colluding with the police and refusing to divulge evidence. The real victims—if you think about it—are the police, whose spokesman so far has been a tittle-tattling chief constable and not someone who...

Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill - Second Reading (5 Feb 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I do not intend to speak for very long but I begin by thanking the House and the Front Bench for allowing me to speak at all. I am afraid that I was wrongly advised about the timing of Motions today. I particularly apologise to the Minister; I was anxious to hear her maiden speech, which obviously was very successful, and I was particularly anxious to hear someone identified with...

Amritsar Massacre: Centenary - Question for Short Debate (19 Feb 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, in the catalogue of crimes which featured in the defence of empire, from the suppression of the so-called Indian mutiny onwards, the Amritsar massacre is just about the worst. The conscience of the world was horrified by the events that other noble Lords have described so well. Britain in 1919 was a hard, nationalist country; very prominent were the die-hards, the so-called...

Northern Ireland: Inter-party Talks - Question (20 Jun 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, are the Government not in a hopelessly impossible dilemma? On one hand, they are supposed to be keeping the ring at a time when Northern Ireland does not have a Government. On the other, they are propped up by a small group of pro-Brexit Ulster unionists, even though Northern Ireland voted strongly to remain. Therefore, is the loss of unity of the United Kingdom one of the many...

Sexual Offences: Anonymity - Question (3 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, does not the noble Lord raise a very important point about the frail basis that the police rely in arriving at the facts in these matters and how it is desperately necessary to have an independent view? In the case of Sir Edward Heath, the police said that the evidence was compelling and true; we now know that it was essentially made up. Is it not deplorable that in cases such as...

Soil Health - Question (8 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the Minister has not mentioned devolution in this connection. Can he make some observations about its importance for the Government’s plans?

Universities: Racism - Question (10 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, when I was a vice-chancellor, there were clear regulations about how to handle allegations of racial discrimination or abuse of some kind. One knew exactly what one had to do: procedures would be set up, which I myself would chair. Perhaps these serious allegations that my noble friend has alluded to arise from the fact that vice-chancellors may be turning their attentions to other...

Commonwealth: Decriminalising Homosexuality - Question (23 Jul 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, is not one of the reasons for this very harsh treatment of this community in Commonwealth countries the attitude of the churches, which in a country such as Uganda are very reactionary? The representatives of the churches in this House are civilised and enlightened people. Could one perhaps request them to use their influence in this direction?

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (21 Oct 2019)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, it is arguable that Brexit is not primarily about Europe. It was about other things: austerity, inequality and immigration. To a degree, it is also about the constitution. The distaste for and dissatisfaction with the constitution that emerged from about the 1970s onwards, particularly in Scotland, has been made far worse by the atmosphere of poisonous nationalism released during...

Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: Civil Society - Question (14 Jan 2020)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, has not the main threat to democracy and human rights of late come from the Government, as in their attempt to silence this Parliament? What guarantee do we have, therefore, that this commission will not be an attempt to silence the courts and, further, to undermine the rule of law?

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 18 (15 Jan 2020)

Lord Morgan: Many distinguished Lords have spoken on the amendments, and I agree with them all, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, who is just leaving. It illustrates the lack of comprehension that there has been about how the British union state has changed, and how its pluralism has changed and become a more central feature. I have had the great privilege of being on the Constitution Committee for...

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill - Report (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 20 (21 Jan 2020)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, points have been admirably made by many other distinguished speakers. I will just make one: this whole issue unfortunately shows the frailty of devolution as a basis for keeping our partnership of nations together. Devolution had weaknesses built into it, admirable change though it was. As many of us said, the regulatory relationships between the nations were left extremely...


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