Results 21–40 of 288 for speaker:Lord Morgan

Universities: Vice-Chancellors’ Pay - Question (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I speak as a former vice-chancellor. Is it not lamentable that many vice-chancellors use as their defence a kind of cult of personality, with themselves as global superstars? This is at a time when the pay of the average university lecturer has been very poor, to the point that many of them have difficulties with professional mobility and housing, and when the unit of resource per...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Morgan: I apologise for interrupting my noble friend. With regard to that referendum and all referendums, this is a constitution based on parliamentary sovereignty. Unlike France, it is not based on popular sovereignty.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Morgan: It was an advisory referendum. There is no doubt about that.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (7 Mar 2017)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, there was a previous referendum on Europe in 1975. On that occasion, it was not taken as holy writ and as something that it was almost obscene to vote against. On the contrary, in 1979 the Labour Party said that it would ignore and vote against the referendum result—there were no difficulties there—and so did a very large number of Conservatives, headed by Mr Enoch Powell....

Wales Bill - Third Reading (18 Jan 2017)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I am, I think, the only historian of Wales present, and I think that this has been a historic event and process, for which the Minister and our Front Bench deserve great credit. I am perhaps among the last of the generation of Welsh children who was brought up to regard the House of Lords—to quote the Daily Mail—as the enemy of the people; hostile to the aspirations of the...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I very strongly agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, has just said. To leave these matters uncertain and vague, and potentially as, yet again, a source of future bitter conflict, is quite contrary to what the Minister is doing in the Bill. Two points occur to me. First, it seems that giving the Assembly authority over water is fully consonant with what we are doing in the...

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I was once vice-chancellor of the University of Wales and I think that this is a distinct improvement. It will strengthen the status of Welsh university institutions and I am grateful for it.

Wales Bill - Report (1st Day) (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I think this is an occasion on which we should not speak for more than a minute and a half, and that is my intention. I support the Government’s amendment, and I thank the Minister for his consideration, but I make it clear that I regard it as an interim statement—something that will not stand the test of time. As Welsh law develops, the case for a Welsh jurisdiction will become...

Immigration: International Students - Question (14 Dec 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, has not the Foreign Secretary described the Government’s policy in this area as totally crazy and pointed to the fact that the number of Indian students in our universities has roughly halved? He has called for post-study work visas to be restored, and has asked for reassurances to be given to the Indian Government and for international students to be removed from the total of...

Strathclyde Review - Statement (17 Nov 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, briefly, I agree with all the rightful praise that the Government have received. I particularly appreciate the comments of my chairman, the noble Lord, Lord Lang, who is chairman of the Constitution Committee—we are very fortunate to have him—that there has been abuse of the procedure for delegated legislation. However, the reason for my standing up is that I think there has...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I strongly support the amendment. Language is of course central to the Welsh identity. More than that, this television channel is almost alone. In so many ways, Wales is less adequately prepared in terms of cultural media than Scotland is. There is effectively no Welsh press; there is certainly scarcely a Welsh-language press. I think Y Cymro still appears once a week but the...

Wales Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Morgan: As a historian, I agree with a great deal of what has been said, including the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Hunt. However, the view of the Bill will be fundamentally prejudiced if a substantial move is not made towards accommodating the amendment of the noble Lord, Lord Wigley. The events at Tryweryn were a monumental injustice and a rural community in my own county of Meirionnydd was...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, what the noble Lord, Lord Wigley, said is totally correct. Y Wladfa, the Welsh community in Chubut, rather benefited from the Falklands War, because the Argentine Government were rather anxious to show that they were solicitous of the needs of cultural minorities in their country. I feel, on behalf of Welsh historians everywhere, that I should support this. I have not been to...

Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (7 Nov 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, I had not intended to intervene in this debate but I should like to make two points. First, I am not persuaded, after what we have experienced in the past few months, that referendums are a source of clear, unambiguous decision. They are disastrous. We have seen that in connection with larger matters than Wales. To have a referendum on the deeply technical issue of the relationships...

Prevent Strategy - Question (26 Oct 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, do not university authorities and staff in fact find the Prevent strategy more of a hindrance than a help? It can make Islamic students, for example, more isolated and perhaps therefore open to radicalisation. It also spreads distrust in the student body much more generally. Should not the Government steer clear of these freedom of speech issues and leave them to universities, which...

Wales Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (10 Oct 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, the history of Welsh devolution has been a very tortuous one. Since 1999, it has not been a straight run down the piste but a series of slaloms—but we are making progress erratically, and this Bill takes us further. It has a good deal of cross-party support, although that might not have been apparent from what we have heard in the past few hours. As other noble Lords have said,...

Terrorist Attack in Nice - Statement (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords, looking at the universities in this country, it seems to me that the dangers which the Minister so clearly outlined perhaps occur at a slightly more subtle level. I do not believe that there are students planning acts of terrorism or crimes, but I believe that there is a serious danger of Islamic bodies acting in isolation, creating a kind of self-imposed apartheid, not...

Orgreave: Inquiry - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Orgreave: Inquiry - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Morgan: My Lords—

Orgreave: Inquiry - Question (13 Jul 2016)

Lord Morgan: Thank you, my Lords. I am very grateful, from the Back Benches, to be allowed to speak—a rare privilege. Is it not the case that the police have far too often escaped inquiry into their handling of the labour movement? This goes back a long time—back to the time when the Public Order Act was used against unemployed workers but not against fascists. Has this not been made much worse by the...


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