Monday, 29 May 2017
695 The House of Lords
First viewed : 23 January 1985
A little bit of forgotten constitutional history here, that the House of Lords admitted the TV cameras five years before the Commons. The BBC therefore gave most of the afternoon over to live coverage of a debate on the government's economic policy, not something I imagine they're ever likely to do again.
I recall watching it in the TV room at my hall of residence, with quite an impressive number of my house mates, that second year's cohort being a quieter more thoughtful bunch than their hedonistic predecessors. I remember Lord Gowrie , the government's bow-tied arts minister, leading their defence though he seemed to be often sidetracked into talking about the National Theatre and Sir Peter Hall.
Later on, Lord Stockton ( the former Harold McMillan ) made a telling speech rubbishing his successor's economic record but I'd gone by that time.