Via: http://scotland-us.com/snp-starts-campaign-scrap-absurd-house-lords/ My own words and links below
I find it hard to see where the House of Lords sit in a democratic Britain, I find it hard to see a use for them. I see it as “You served your life as an MP here is a nice coat and £300 a day, thanks” And I can’t see the whole set up having anything other than that to it. I don’t think the House of Lords will be scrapped any day soon but at least the SNP are forward thinking, the SNP seem to have an “Every penny is a prisoner” style and this can only be good for Scotland. I am loving what the SNP are doing under Nicola, long may this continue, SNP are a big power in UK Terms now with English people seeking to like them, I know a few English people who would vote for them on principles. Watch this space I guess
THE SNP will this week demand that abolition of the “absurd” House of Lords be made a Government priority after the General Election. MP Pete Wishart will use a Westminster debate to argue that, after a century of failed attempts to improve it, the second chamber is simply beyond reform and ought to be scrapped.After a surge in peerages awarded under the Coalition, many to Tory and Liberal Democrat donors, the Lords now has more than 800 members, making it one of the world’s largest unelected legislatures. Speaking to the Sunday Herald ahead of Wednesday’s debate, the Perthshire MP and former member of the Celtic rock band Runrig said the Lords had become an “affront to democracy”. After a surge in peerages awarded under the Coalition, many to Tory and Liberal Democrat donors, the Lords now has more than 800 members, making it one of the world’s largest unelected legislatures. Speaking to the Sunday Herald ahead of Wednesday’s debate, the Perthshire MP and former member of the Celtic rock band Runrig said the Lords had become an “affront to democracy”.
Only the National People’s Congress in China is larger, he said, and only the Upper House in Lesotho also filled its benches through patronage. “The place is just ridiculous. It’s just about the most absurd national legislature in the world. Enough in enough.”
Attempts to modernise and curb the power of the Lords date back to the Liberal government of 1909, with further hit-and-miss attempts at reform in 1917, 1949, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1999. But although the number of hereditary peers has been reduced, 92 remain in place, while the number of unelected life peers has mushroomed.
When Nick Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister in 2010, he promised sweeping changes, with a LibDem plan for just 450 Lords, 80% of them elected. But two years later he had to scrap the idea after failing to reach agreement with his Tory partners, who he said had “broken the Coaliton contract”. Wishart said the history of reforms falling short meant abolition was the only sensible course. “Unelected, bloated, now stuffed with over 800 cronies, donors and placemen who are not accountable to any electorate and can never be got rid off – the place is now beyond reform. “The only way forward is to abolish the whole ridiculous institution and ensure that everyone passing the laws of the land are elected.”
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