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All 5 results for cuckoo speaker:Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: ...noble Lord that he has clearly never been involved in a political party at constituency level. However, I know that that is not the case. That makes it even stranger that he should live in Cloud-cuckoo-land with regard to political parties.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: ...be a darned sight more difficult to obtain them once the Bill is enacted and they are told that they had better read it before they become local treasurers. As I say, the noble Lord lives in Cloud-cuckoo-land if he does not appreciate that every week of every year treasurers of constituencies will, for whatever reason, no longer be in post. Therefore, I suggest that every week the poor old...

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill (10 Oct 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: I apologise; does favour disclosure. However, if the Minister does not understand why Sinn Fein favours disclosure, he lives in Cloud-cuckoo-land. Everybody else in the Chamber will know why Sinn Fein wants to see disclosure. If I was slightly mixed up, I apologise. However, the point is that Sinn Fein will not want to stop donations from abroad. As I indicated when I quoted the Ulster...

Reform of the House of Lords (7 Mar 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: ...at all. The Government could have had a vote down the corridor the next day and that would have been that. At the risk of being critical of the commission, I think its members live in Cloud-cuckoo-land if they think that a report to the House of Commons about the reasons will do anything to influence the Government to depart from whatever course they have chosen. I am afraid governments...

Representation of the People Bill (14 Feb 2000)

Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish: ...am wrong, the noble Lord will no doubt tell me so. This idea that 20 or 30 candidates are going to stand for mayor, half of them to advertise their restaurant or whatever it may be, is really cloud cuckoo land. The Government will have to do a good deal better than that. I hope we shall not hear any more of that argument. We are talking about the situation which will occur in London with...


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