Author: David Lipsey

Why the NSS is garbage

Why the NSS is garbage         A note by Lord Lipsey     12.12.16 The National Students Survey results matter. First, they are used by students to evaluate institutions by comparison with rival institutions. Secondly, they are one of the metrics to be used in the TEF, in awarding gold, silver or bronze markings to institutions which apply […]

Lords speech on FOBTs Friday 25th March 2016

Gambling (Categorisation and use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill (HL) on 11 March 2016 Lord Lipsey (Lab): My Lords, for safety’s sake, I declare a rather remote interest as a member of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission. For most of my life, I have been the customer whom most bookmakers most want to see walk […]

Counter Coup

When Robber Earl falls at the last fence at Bangor-on-Dee everybody suspects foul play and blames the jockey, Bendon Donoughue. Everybody, that is, except Brendon himself. He knows that he did nothing wrong – or even unusual. Brendon finds surprising allies in a Labour Lord and his daughter. The Champion jockey has only a few […]

And the winner is……

Piece for Public Finance by David Lipsey   19.3.14 Who will win the 2015 general election? The pundits queue up to make confident predictions; but the truth is that no-one has a clue. This is rare. Since the shock of Harold Wilson’s win in February 1974, every election bar one has been eminently predictable a year […]


Hague’s fibs by David Lipsey Diplomats are famously allowed to lie for their country; but a foreign secretary who tells porkies for his party is a different thing. No other epithet will do for Willliam Hague’s claim that it is “antics” by Labour and Lib Dem peers in the Lords that mean that the bill […]

Frack on

My Lord I rise to speak to amendment 113G/115A. This is an innocent looking amendment. If the mover’s intention is just to probe the government’s intention, then I would go further; it is a welcome amendment  {113G}. {In particular newclause 113G 1b insists that the integrity of wells used should be independently assessed rather than […]

New Website

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new website. Here you can find a large number or articles that I’ve written for various publications as well as find out about more recent things that I’ve been up to. If you have any questions feel free to contact me from the contact page (link at […]

In The Corridors of Power

David Lipsey has moved in the corridors of power for over forty years. Political adviser in his twenties to a Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister, then seventeen years a senior journalist including on The Times and The Economist and finally over a decade as a Labour peer, he has seen most of the angles, and […]

Possible Times Thunder

It’s bad enough having to pay bills. It’s worse having to pay for the bills you have to pay. Yet that is increasingly what Britain’s rapacious utility companies are demanding. The House of Lords last night debated a motion by Lady Oppenheim-Barnes, a former consumer affairs minister, attacking the practice of the utilities in charging […]


Originally published in The Times on 3rd November 2013. An iron law of politics states that you should never pay for benefits for new recipients by cutting those for existing recipients. The gainers will give you no credit for giving them what they transparently deserve; while the losers will howl with outrage. Paul Burstow, the […]