Lords Reform (again)
A commenter on the post below wants to know what I think about the House of Lords Reform proposals.
I did post about this a week ago, but just to make it extra clear I'll repeat myself.
I don't believe that any one who has not been elected by the people should be involved in passing the laws we live under.
So I am in favour of a 100% elected Upper House, starting now.
No ifs, no buts.
No "phasing out" of hereditaries or life peers.
No Bishops or other faith group reps.
No appointed "experts".
No prime ministerial patronage.
If "experts", bishops, retired or defeated politicians, independents or whatever else want to get involved in passing laws they can stand for election.
It's known as "democracy" - rule by the people.
It's the "democratic" bit of the phrase "the Labour Party is a democratic socialist party" in the new Clause IV of the party constitution.
I haven't got a clue how anyone can justify any other method of picking members of a legislature.