Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Another Pandora's Box about to be opened?

An extremely short debate Q&A session took place in the House of Lords on Monday 14th March, prompted by a question posed by Lord Lamont of Lerwick (Lords Hansard Col 6):
"To ask Her Majesty's Government whether under their plans for an elected House of Lords the Prime Minister could be a Member of the House of Lords."
The ensuing 'discussion' included questions on whether a House of Commons, elected either by FPTP or AV, had more legitimacy than an elected House of Lords, one elected under Proportional Representation which is the system set out in the Coalition agreement.

See what happens when change for change sake is made to systems that have worked perfectly well for hundreds of years? When a situation exists whereby the nation is 'managed' by three party leaders who are quite content to see this nation of ours subjugated to foreign rule; leaders who argue over the best method to fill the Hoc and the HoL with their robotic placemen; who have no idea of the ramifications that will result from their ill-thought out ideas of political and social engineering; leave it to a man whose sole wish is for our nation to become part of a totalitarian state to produce a White Paper on HoL reform, it is reasonable to assume our nation is slowly but surely being 'procreated'!


Woodsy42 said...

It's in their interests to create a situation that sounds a reasonable and fair change but in reality contains as much unsaid as possible to conceal the hidden openings for more executive power grabbing later.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

W42: To coin a phrase: You got it in one!

Edward Spalton said...

Lord Stoddart of Swindon has asked a number of questions on related matters to this topic.

One was to enquire what extra powers a reformed "Lords" should have if the House acquired democratic legitimacy.

They shied away from that one pretty quickly.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

ES: Yes noted that - this idea of an elected Lords is but another poli idea that has not been thought through and one promoted in the first place purely for poli posturing!