Saturday, August 26, 2006

House of Lackeys

Jack StrawOur old friend Jack Straw is proposing to reform the House of Lords to elect 50% of members under a party list system. The Times is unimpressed:

It is an irritation for ministers to be told that there are imperfections in their parliamentary offerings, but it upholds the public interest for such observations to be aired, even if they are then ignored. There will be few incentives for those indirectly elected on a party list to be that forensic or intrusive. This House of Lords would be a House of Lackeys.

1 comment:

John East said...

We may just as well abolish the House of Lords altogether and install a mirror along one wall of the House of Commons chamber.

This will reflect the will of the government of the day just as effectively as Straw's idea, and at far lower cost.