Scuffle of the week

You can always rely on the Lord Chancellor to show them who's boss. This week he took on the wizened ranks of the House of Lords, issuing a stern warning to hereditary peers not to kick up any fuss when it's time for them to sign their own death warrants. Lord Irvine told the peers that if they attempt to delay the Bill which will expel them from the Lords, then the Government would drop the so-called Weatherill amendment – the deal granting temporary reprieves to 91 of them. Several of the peers have complained that Lord Irvine is "bullying" them.