Tag Archives: eric avebury

Lord Eric Avebury talks about his life

Earlier today, we heard the sad new that Liberal Democrat peer Eric Avebury had died.

In January last year, he sat down at the National Liberal Club to talk about his life with his son John and liberal historian Seth Thevoz:

A Liberal Life: Eric Lubbock at the National Liberal Club from John Lubbock on Vimeo.

Posted in News | 1 Comment

Lord Eric Avebury writes…Polio and Terrorism

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, set up by the World Health Organisation (WHO),has reduced the number paralysed by polio from 350,000 in 1988 to 405 in 2013, and the number of countries where the disease is endemic has been cut from 125 to just 3 –Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. But progress has come to a grinding halt, with Pakistan reporting 174 new cases so far this year out of 193 worldwide.

The WHO says there is a high risk that this highly infectious disease will spread to other parts of the world, paralysing many of its victims.

Three quarters of all cases are reported from two lawless areas of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkwa (KP) and the misleadingly named Federally Administered Tribal Areas. In these provinces terrorists call the shots, intimidating and murdering those who don’t agree with their fundamentalist brand of Islam.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 2 Comments

The Immigration Bill: 23 Liberal Democrat Lords rebel on “stateless” power, 12 on child trafficking guardian

immigrationThe Immigration Bill was back in the Lords this Monday where the Government suffered two defeats. The first was to overturn the power of the Home Secretary to deprive terror suspects who had acquired British citizenship  (note, suspects, not anybody who has been convicted of anything) of that citizenship even if so doing would render them stateless.

Of the 242 peers supporting Lord Pannick’s amendment, 23 of them were Liberal Democrats. And their ranks included more than the usual Awkward Squad.

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , and | 16 Comments

Conservatives block moves to outlaw caste discrimination

eric aveburyEric Avebury has written before about the need to outlaw caste discrimination, and about the legislative processes as proposals within the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill  went through the Lords. It is therefore disappointing to learn that the campaign has suffered a serious setback. 

In 2010 the Government commissioned independent research into caste discrimination and harassment in the UK.  The summary (pdf) of that research reported that between 50,000 and 200,000 people in the UK are culturally identified as low caste. It found evidence of caste discrimination in work …

Posted in News | Also tagged | 8 Comments

Government changes its mind and makes caste discrimination illegal

The BBC reports that Vince Cable has agreed to outlaw caste discrimination after the House of Lords twice voted on an amendment incorporating it into the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.

Those proposing the change argued that those considered to be of lower caste in some communities were discriminated against in employment or even at school. A government report from 2010 argued that a change in the law was the most effective way of dealing with this issue.

Liberal Democrat peer Eric Avebury has been at the forefront of the campaign to outlaw caste discrimination and has written about

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 8 Comments

Next week in the Lords: 4-7 March

House of Lords chamberYes, we’re back, after this column’s regular late winter break to study comparisons between government systems in the Caribbean. And whilst the House of Lords and the Cuban leadership do have some similarities – having octogenarians in prominent positions, for example – you would probably want to see more of Eric Avebury than you would Fidel Castro…

So, on with the motley…

Monday kicks off the week with the main business being Day 2 of the Report Stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill. Amongst the …

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , , and | Leave a comment

Lib Dem peer Avebury on working in your 80s

Yesterday’s Guardian carries a feature on three people who have worked way beyond the age when they can collect their State Pension.

One of those is Liberal Democrat Peer Eric Avebury, who has written several articles for Liberal Democrat Voice.

At 84, he’s still attending the House of Lords 4 days a week.

He talks of the driving force that keeps him going:

As I have got older I have become more and more keen on the idea of equality. The evidence shows that most of the ills of society – such as crime, mental illness and so on – are deeply correlated

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 1 Comment
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPaul Kennedy 14th Feb - 5:04pm
    To be fair to the leadership I think they are trying to develop a new approach which will inspire our members and resonate with enough...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 14th Feb - 4:55pm
    It is clearly both Liberal and just that people who commit minor offences would be better able to pay their debt to society by doing...
  • User AvatarMick Taylor 14th Feb - 4:47pm
    Eric was a great Liberal, who I knew from 1960 onwards as he was a friend of my late parents. He championed causes he believed...
  • User AvatarLorenzo 14th Feb - 4:17pm
    Rsf7 Very good arguments .I in a million years would not have proposed the policy , not because it is daft , it is not...
  • User AvatarRsf7 14th Feb - 3:59pm
    @malc I think I'd prefer they got community service and were forced to work cleaning the streets rather than sitting around for 12 weeks at...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 14th Feb - 3:56pm
    Sorry about the double negative! Nobody is perfect, least of all the Lib Dems!