No, no, no, no
Personally I am not "hailing" Jack Straw's proposals for House of Lords reform.
A 50% elected House is still 50% undemocratic.
A 12 year term limit is undemocratic - it stops voters deciding how long they want politicians to stay in office.
Elections by PR - good.
Reduction in size to 450 - good.
But why can't we have a Parliament that every single member of was elected to? It's not a difficult concept to understand - it's called democracy - rule by the people.
Straw says - allegedly - that a wholly elected chamber would "become more political". How much more political can you get than passing the legislation that decides the way the country is governed?
Please, having ended the mediaeval farce of hereditary peers, can we end the presence of people hand picked by Prime Ministers, and while we're at it, of CofE Bishops? If they want to be in Parliament passing the laws we all live under all these people should have to go out and get themselves elected by their fellow citizens.
Straw also apparently wants "a minimum age for membership ... set". Just the way not to reconnect young people with the political process.