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Not so much carts before horses, as rolling stock before rail lines

Which is what I consider the vote on the upper chamber to represent. There is absolutely no point in deciding all elected, all mates of Blair or anything in between until there is a settlement as to what the Lords is for . If it is to be a rubber stamp, why bother with it, if it is to have greater parity with the home of the green benches, then a fairly hefty constitutional renovation is needed.


Just seen this in Hansard - a jaw dropping outbreak of common sense if with demotic metaphors from Kaufman, of all people: "What is special about 50 per cent., 60 per cent., or80 per cent.? What is the logic? The Government are trying to involve us in a kind of constitutional sudoku, in which we fill in the blank spaces. Other metaphors for what they are getting us into might be spread betting, or the premium phone-ins on ITV that my good friend Michael Grade is bringing to an end. This is an utterly irresponsible way to create a new House of Parliament from scratch. After 800 years of the other Chamber’s evolution, the Government basically want to abolish it and to start anew. However, if that is what they intend, they must proceed only on the basis of total logic".

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Blogger Guthrum said... 8:45 am

Agree, its been 170 years since the Great Reform Act, this system is in desperate need of an overhaul  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:49 am

I did enjoy the rogues list of rotten boroughs when I did A Level history though.  



Anonymous mens sana said... 12:35 am

Hear hear, couldn't agree more. Trouble is its easier to decide how its (not) going to be composed than to agree on what its powers and functions will be.  



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