Clash of the Titans

27 Sep

Disraeli allegedly once said of Gladstone that it wasn’t so much the latter’s invariable belief that he (Gladstone) held the Ace of Trumps up his sleeve that annoyed him (Disraeli), so much as his conviction that God Almighty put it there.

Of course this has nothing to do with Prof Gavin Phillipson’s piece for the UK Constitutional Law Group explaining how everyone who disagrees with him is (at best) mistaken. Nor therefore does it with Prof Dawn Oliver’s counterblast 1 1/2 hours later, where she comments that Prof Gavin “assumes that all opponents of the Government bill on Lords Reform are unthinking and /or stupid.”

Seconds out, Round Two …..


One Response to “Clash of the Titans”

  1. Gavin Phillipson September 27, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Gratifying though it is to be described as a titan I fear that this somewhat misstates my position. My blogpost (as I explain in my reply to Dawn Oliver’s post) was intended to rebut the most common arguments put forward against democratic Lords reform that I think are unpersuasive and parochial. It was not intended to imply that there were not better arguments to be had – those in fact that Oliver has put forward. Admittedly the title was perhaps a bit provocative….

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