Partisan behaviour bordering on bigotry and hatred is not new for some in Northern Ireland, so what happened yesterday was not a surprise. But there was considerable disappointment at the behaviour of John Taylor, former Ulster Unionist Party MP and MEP, who in 2001 was given a peerage. He now sits in the Lords as Lord Kilclooney.
The House of Lords did the UK a great service last night in voting down the Internal Markets Bill. One step forward. But to little avail when one of its members takes two steps back. Perhaps the second chamber will have to become time limited - and elected.