The Political Language of Apology (or Not)

Prime Minister Cameron Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent visit to India gave us another notable example of the “political apology.”

In Punjab in 1919 public discontent with British colonial rule was growing. In Amritsar ruthless but stupid Brig-General Reginald Dyer ordered his troops to fire at point-blank range on a large crowd of Indian protesters. Hundreds died. This massacre was denounced in Parliament in London by Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for War and no slouch as a public speaker… Continue reading

Will It Take Magic to Reform the House of Lords?


For over a century, British politicians has been wrestling with the knotty problem of what to do with the upper house of their national legislature. Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government are currently making another uneasy stab at reforming the House of Lords, and so far they have done little more than demonstrate once again how nettlesome the problem is. Continue reading