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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Goodbye to the Lords

The papers are full of yesterday's historic vote in the House of Commons to create a second chamber. However, headlines such as this in The Times may well be premature. This is not so much goodbye to the Lords as a serving of notice of intent.

There is still a long way to go before we get a fully elected chamber and that journey has to overcome the obstacle of a new Prime Minister, the government timetable, political will to make progress and whether yesterday's vote was a genuine majority or bolstered by tactical voting. We also have to take account of the fact that the Lords in particular are experts in defending an entrenched position.

Still, at least we are on the right path and moving forwards.
"Just a thought ... not a sermon"

Might be better to just abolish the undemocratic House of Lords, and then set up an upper/second house from scratch.
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