n South African Law Journal - House of Lords Reform: A History. Volume 3 1960-1969: Reforms Attempted, Peter Raina : book review

Volume 132, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



This is the third volume in the trilogy by Peter Raina on the history of the House of Lords. I have reviewed Volumes 1 and 2 in (2012) 129 175 and (2013) 130 884 respectively. Volume 3 is aptly designated: 'Reforms Attempted'. It covers a fascinating period of recent history, the Macmillan-Wilson era. Like the two previous volumes, this volume is a tome, running to 956 pages, and draws on newly released documents, some of which provide an insight into the politics and constitutional history of the period. Some notable incidents are the 'Winds of Change' speech, the notorious Profumo scandal of the Macmillan administration, and Rhodesian UDI in the period of Harold Wilson's Prime Ministership.

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