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A little exercise in number crunching

Mulling, as one does, on the honours system I have been looking at what the 2006 working peers have been up to this year. It would appear that the average figure for division attendances is around 30%, so here are the divsion figures for working peers named by Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Voting percentages have been taken from the Public Whip site


Labour

Lord Morris

45

Lady Jones

90

Baroness Ford

86

Baroness Kingsmill

32

Baroness Quin

88

Lord Bradley

71

Conservative

Lord James

40

Lord Marland

17

Baroness Verma

49

Lord Leach

4

Lord Bruce Lockhart

20

Lord Sheikh

25

Lord Taylor

47


LD

Lord Burnett

35

Lord Cotter

73

Lord Lee

78

Lord Teverson

82

Baroness Thomas

92


For all I know, Lord Leach may have been seriously ill.

I do not think that the present honours system ins reformable, and clearly it is open to the ruling party to dish out baubles to its friends, hacks and donors. I consider that the whole system has to be scrapped bag and baggage, other than military / police etc awards for courage, and possibly awards for long service. Thoughts please.

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Anonymous verity said... 3:12 pm

Interesting that in all three parties, the industry of the women exceeds that of the men.

It could be that:

a) women are more conscientious;

b) most of the men have outside business interests and are therefore not obsessive attendees;

c) that women, by and large, are more inclined to interference, bossiness and believing they have special insights into what is best for everyone else.

Personally, think c. By and large, excepting for a few outstanding examples of acuity, I don't like women in politics. (I would be loathe to forego the exceptional women, it goes without saying.)  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 6:05 pm

i'd rehter have them than another bunch of idiots we have to subsidise into their old age  



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