It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

Writing in The MJ, Claire argues that the rapid rollout of covid vaccines shows what is possible when unnecessary bureaucracy is stripped away… One common argument given by for vaccine hesitancy is: how could the jabs be developed so quickly? In response, officialdom has been forced to admit that one key reason it’s been possible … Read more It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

How can democracy serve the people?

From Trump to Kim Jong-un, from Putin to Bashar al-Assad, from the far right to the far left everyone claims to be in favour of democracy. But of what form and in whose interest? In the West democracy has meant electing others to decide for us. Now, many argue democracy is in trouble. It is … Read more How can democracy serve the people?

Brexit brings democratic accountability home – and that means scrutiny of the Lords too

On the historic day that Brexit became final, Claire was due to speak in the House of Lords but was culled from the speakers’ list at the last moment. She shared what she was going to say with Brexit Watch… “…if it wasn’t for populist democratic perseverance, there wouldn’t even be a trade deal to consider. … Read more Brexit brings democratic accountability home – and that means scrutiny of the Lords too

Leave won because of “the steely courage of millions of voters”

Brexit Facts4EU published the text of Claire’s speech in the second House of Lords debate on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement… “My Lords, I voted for the agreement reluctantly. I would have preferred a clean break and the time to scrutinise the small print for the myriad traps it contains. “However, to give credit … Read more Leave won because of “the steely courage of millions of voters”