In a Lords debate last night, a Labour peer gave, as one of his reasons for withdrawing an amendment at the end of a debate: "It is nearly 10 o'clock and I have not eaten yet, as indeed will be the case for most noble Lords." Well, yes. It's important to stop debating in time to get something to eat before bedtime. Is this really a good way to run a Parliament in the year 2011? I suppose I say this with some sympathy for the peer concerned, as we all need to eat, but it still sounds faintly daft.