Free speech – Good Lord!

It Seems that the recently ennobled Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is beginning to find his feet in the House of Lords. But, as he explained to delegates at Sunday’s JNF conference in Hendon, acclimatising to the rarefied air of the upper chamber has not been an entirely straightforward process. A month after donning the famous ermine and making his maiden speech, the former north-west London Jewish boy turned Cambridge philosopher turned spiritual head of the country’s leading synagogal body, spoke of the “terrible culture shock” he felt in the Lords: “When someone speaks, everyone listens.”

    Last updated: 11:20am, December 17 2009