Amal Clooney, International Human Rights Lawyer, on Representing Former President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed

Amal Clooney was a prominent international human rights lawyer long before she acquired a famous name from her husband, Hollywood actor George Clooney, she discusses the plight of her client in 2015 Mohamed Nasheed, the former president, Democratically elected, of the Maldives, islands in the Indian Ocean, he has since been granted asylum in the…

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Lord Soley – ‘The Impact of The Increased Use of Referendums On The Functioning of Representative Democracy in The United Kingdom’

I have been increasingly concerned over the use of referendums in the United Kingdom. I do not like referendums. I think Britain functions much better under Edmund Burke’s representative democracy model, where MPs and Governments can be thrown out if the electorate so wish. By and large, referendums do more harm than good. There are,…

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The Impact of Longevity and Technology on Employment

By Baroness Greengross, For many years I have been heavily engaged in the lifetime learning debate, but the impact of longevity and technology on employment, particularly of older people, means that we must make a renewed effort to shine some light on this neglected issue. Increasing longevity is a global phenomenon that, rather than being…

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Lord Hylton – Turkish Invasion of Syria, The Background

To understand this, it helps to know the origins of the Kurdish people and some recent history in Turkey, Syria and nearby. The Kurds are an ancient national and cultural group, not Arab and not Turkish.  They claim descent from the Medes, who were well-known to the classical Greeks and Israelites as allies of the…

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Baroness Perry of Southwark – Free Speech

Free Speech? In 1791, the Congress of the United States ratified ten amendments to the US constitution. These amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, stand today as a clear definition of the foundations of a free society. In the long history of the slow development of human rights, from Magna Carta in 1215, through…

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Baroness Ros Altmann

Our population is getting older. In the next 10 years the number of people aged between 50 and State Pension age will rise by 3.2 million, while the numbers aged 16 to 49 will fall – and amazingly, one in three babies born today is expected to live to 100.

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World Crisis Two

By Lord Watson of Richmond, Winston Churchill wrote his history of the First World War between 1923 and 1931. After the first volume appeared in 1923 Nancy Astor commented caustically that Winston had written a great volume about himself and characterised it as the history of the World’s worst crisis. She was, of course, unfair.

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