A View From Middle England - Conservative with a slight libertarian touch - For Christian charity and traditional belief - Free Enterprise NOT Covert Corporatism

Monday, October 23, 2006

House of Lords?

They've been talking about it for 100 years. I am almost certain the House of Lords will be around for another 100! Unless, of course, we've been swallowed whole by the European Union.

Politicians of all three main parties keep on about democracy but giving the second chamber any elected members will prove the undoing of the House of Commons as the new "Senate" will begin to flex its muscles. Quite frankly, I don't think the present system is too bad. Anyone can lobby a peer, they are courteous and spend time with people, and generally they don't have a slippery political pole to worry about.

The trouble is that most people, believing the House of Lords to be undemocratic, think it is totally inaccessible as well. It isn't. In fact, for putting a case forward in Parliament a peer comes quite high up on the list. It's a pity there are not more people promoting a positive case for them rather than pushing for yet more faceless politicians!


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