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All 5 results for cuckoo speaker:Simon Hughes

Points of Order: Conventions of Parliament (17 Jan 2007)

Simon Hughes: elected, as we are, on the same day of the same year, with one mandate, on a platform that allows them to claim that they are the Government. There has been no such proposal—it would be cloud cuckoo land. The proposals, which have been on the table for years, only ever accept the current position, which is that no party will have a majority in the House of Lords. That has become the...

Alcohol Abuse and Public Order (25 Jan 2005)

Simon Hughes: ...there is now a strong case for saying, "Hang on, let us wait and get it right." There are two other logical reasons as to why we should do that. The first is that, unless we are living in cloud cuckoo land, we look as if we are about to have a general election in May. The Minister feigns ignorance of that fact but there is not a single sign that suggests otherwise.

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Justice Bill: Clause 9 - Power of arrest for possession of Class C drugs (7 Jan 2003)

Simon Hughes: ...where cannabis is used would be liable to up to 14 years' imprisonment. That, too, is illogical if we are trying to keep the same differentiation and gradation. In one respect, this is all cloud cuckoo land. We should consider the sentences passed by the stipendiaries, district judges, lay magistrates and Crown court judges for possession offences. Although the maximum penalty for...

Human Rights Act (28 Oct 2002)

Simon Hughes: ...battle. When I was first interested in politics, I met the then Lord Wade, a Liberal peer, who was fighting to get the Bill of Rights incorporated in law. He kept trying, and it seemed almost cloud cuckoo land to imagine that it would ever happen, but he fought doggedly on and eventually he was proved to have been right. More recently, my noble Friend Lord Lester, who has many years...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (21 Mar 1983)

Simon Hughes: ...of economic welfare has flowed out far enough and for long enough as well. Although there may be an appropriate analogy between my arrival here and the quiet, timid and, as yet, inexperienced first cuckoo of spring, I hope that the Government will listen and learn that it is still not quite too late to turn the tide and to come to the rescue of the people who, at the moment, are beached...

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