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Monday, July 18, 2011

Viscount Monckton gets a ticking off

Viscount Monckton appearing not to be a peer (officially)
Viscount Monckton is UKIP's climate change spokesman. He's a peer of the realm, a veritable viscount and therefore a hereditary lord. But he's not a "member of the House of Lords" as far as David Beamish, the Clerk of Parliaments is concerned. Mr.Beamish has got upset because he has heard Lord Monckton say he is "but without the right to sit or vote". This is considered a very bad thing to say.

I wonder if Mr.Beamish has got it right. What is membership exactly? There are plenty of companies that have shareholders and some are more equal than others. Some don't have voting rights. Are non-voting shareholders still shareholders or are they just claiming to be shareholders "either directly or by implication". Sports clubs have playing and non-playing members. So what about hereditary peers who are on the Register of Hereditary Peers? Are they members or are they just on a list? Only hereditary peers can be on the register. So they have some membership of the House of Lords, if in name only, surely?

Is Mr.Beamish a closet Blairite? They know how to emulate Humpty Dumpty, with Tony Blair being the first in the line-up. I'd say Viscount Monckton has a point. He's on the register. Therefore he's a member "but without the right to sit or vote". Mr.Beamish wrote a stuffy letter to Viscount Monckton. I've read it. I think it makes no sense other than to suggest Mr.Beamish may have an agenda. How's that for unofficial confirmation?

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