Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Lords Reform

The debate on Lords reform is taking place today and tomorrow. Michael Meacher says "The power of the Prime Minister has grown, is still growing, and needs to be cut sharply back" and that includes ensuring that the Lords becomes a fully elected second chamber, that's democratically accountable, not one packed full of cronies and appointees, even nice ones.

MPs will be given a ballot paper from which they can choose from a number of options. 100%, 80%, 60%, 40%, 20%, 0% elected. They know which way the wind is blowing but it doesn't mean they wont hold back progress without a shove. Shame on all of them that vote for anything less than 100% elected - this isn't the age of feudalism you know.

Update: Jon Cruddas is for a 100% elected second chamber.

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