Lord John Taylor of Warwick

Brexit: Preparations and Negotiations

My Lords, the famous British group, The Beatles, had worldwide success with the song “Don’t Let Me Down”. I am confident that the Government will not let Britain down as we leave the European Union. “We Can Work It Out” was another huge hit for The Beatles; I believe that working it out is what will happen. Although that song …

Lord John Taylor of Warwick

Exports: Africa and the Commonwealth

In 1974 a choir of schoolchildren sang a song called “Join Together” at the Commonwealth Games. The song became popular all over the world for its powerful lyrics. Noble Lords may be relieved to hear that I will not attempt to sing the song—I can sing it if you wish. No, perhaps not, but the chorus went: And people, black …

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Church of England Article By Lord Taylor of Warwick It’s all change at the top. After 10 years of Tony Blair, Britain has a new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. After 12 years of Jacques Chirac, France voted in a new president, Nicolas Sarkozy. At the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon of South Korea has taken over from Kofi Annan as secretary-general. …

House of Lords, Speech, Lord John Taylor of Warwick, Brexit

Brexit: European Union (Notification of Withdrawl) Bill

My Lords, we must organize, not agonise. This is not the time for your Lordship’s House to agonise, but to organize a smooth journey of this Bill, to allow Her Majesty’s Government to trigger Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union. Speculation is not Legislation. The reality is that until this Bill is passed into Law, all that has …

Lord John Taylor of Warwick, Endeavour Magazine, Britain

The Empire Strikes Back

“No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs”. That was the sign in many windows in Birmingham 1950, when my father was looking for accommodation. Rooms that were advertised for rent had somehow “just been taken, ” shortly before he knocked on the front door of that particular address. When he was growing up in Jamaica, he had thought of Britain as the motherland. …