Why have a House of Lords if there’s not a single lord left in it? – Telegraph

Why have a House of Lords if there’s not a single lord left in it? – Telegraph.

Why have a House of Lords if there’s not a single lord left in it?

The last thing we need is a second chamber filled with yet more professional politicos.

8:55PM GMT 06 Jan 2012

Dr Johnson said that “most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things”, and that was 250 years before Nick Clegg tried to reform the British constitution.

Last year, Mr Clegg failed to persuade the British people, in a referendum, that the Alternative Vote system was the answer to their political ills. This year, he hopes to persuade both Houses of Parliament to invent a new House of Lords. He thinks the present House is “an affront to the principles of openness which underpin a modern democracy”.

Actually, there is a close relationship between electoral reform and the reformed second chamber, because one of the key provisions of the Clegg White Paper is that the new House of Lords… but stop a moment! Will it actually be called the House of Lords?

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