Thanks to Tim Aker, late of the Taxpayers Alliance and now of UKIP! He has re-started a blog, one that all would do well to blogroll - and from which I quote:
"Oona King, who lost her Commons seat in 2005, today takes her seat in the Upper Chamber and joins Lord Coe (defeated at the 1997 election), Lord Forsyth (defeated 1997), Lord Knight (defeated 2010), Lady Smith (defeated 2010), Baroness Kramer (defeated 2010) and – a case of multiple defeats – Shirley Williams (defeated for the last time in 1987). And Lord Taylor of Warwick (defeated 1992, found guilty of false accounting 2011). There are probably more, I’ve only just skimmed through the list of Peers. But do you see a pattern emerge?
How can anyone justify an MP losing their seat – the privilege to legislate the laws and regulations that govern our lives – and then accept their elevation to a different chamber where they can do exactly what they did beforehand, give or take. We voted them out. They should go, not be wrapped in ermine, given a title and keep their legislative powers."
In this post Tim Aker brings to the forefront a matter which, to my detriment, I had not considered. It is also unfortunate that Tim has pointed the political elite to another policy idea that they can then 'nick' from UKIP as was the case, for example, of a £xx,xxx threshold free of income tax - but I digress, again!
What Tim has done is to highlight yet another method by which the political elite continue to maintain their hold on the democratic process presently 'in being' in this country - and in so doing maintaining their denial of the people's right to a voice in the governance of this nation! I can but thank Tim for re-awakening my abhorrence of all for which the political elite connive to enact 'under our noses'!
May I please be granted the honour of placing the first noose around a politicians neck - if only to make this old man happy - when his/she is introduced to their 'personal' lamp post?