Author: Lord Alderdice
Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE (1943-2022)
There are those whose death leaves friends and family deeply sad – an unfilled chair at the table, a gap in the conversation, and a valued opinion missing from the discussion. Robert’s death does all of these things, but in addition it marks for me the end of a very particular era in the British Liberal contribution to the international Liberal family. The period was mainly marked by the remarkable contributions of two Scots and three Englishmen.
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has appointed Lord Alderdice an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University where he will be continuing his work with the Global Humanity for Peace Institute.
Lord Alderdice speaking in the House of Lords on Saturday 10 September 2022 pays tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The phrase an obscure object of desire is not a common one, so I have taken it to be a reference to the critically acclaimed 1977 film That Obscure Object of Desire.
“My Lords, on 4th October 2001, less than a month after 9/11 and a few days before the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, we debated in this House what should be done.
I have long felt an identification with the Belfast boy, C.S. Lewis, whose early years were spent in Little Lea, a lovely house near to the home in east Belfast where Joan and I lived for some thirty-five years.