Author: Lord Alderdice
Her Majesty, the Queen, and the Duke of Edinburgh have been a rock of stability and continuity through the whole of my life, and I confess to feeling emotionally affected by his death, wondering what the generational change it signifies may mean for the future of our country.
I have served in the House of Lords for 25 years and in recent weeks I have been encouraged by colleagues from all parts of the House of Lords to stand for election as Lord Speaker, at least in part because of my experience as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Sermon preached by Lord Alderdice to Shelswell Benefice on Sunday 22nd November 2020, The Festival of Christ the King.
Forty years on the concept of Solidarity, which so inspired the famous and transformational Polish Trade Union, is again receiving the attention of progressive thinkers.
In 2020, societies which were already challenged by the existential threats of climate change and potential nuclear conflict, fragmented by a serious breakdown in trust resulting from widespread corruption, and riven with anxiety about the speed of technological change, are now being fractured by the political and economic consequences of the COVID19 pandemic.