Looking at some of the obits, it is easy to write Lord St John of Fawsley off as a flamboyant snob. In some cases that accusation may be fair, but in many cases it is not quite the case and overlooks some of his virtues.
For example he was a moderniser when it came to his work as Leader of the House of Commons with his drive to create a Select Committee for each government department. Equally he did much to champion the Arts and for this he can be well commended.
Norman St John Stevas may have been a no of things, but he was radical where needed and did much to champion the briefs he held in office. We need more like him in government and it is a pity we can sometimes be lacking