Bollocks

Tax exiles and convicted criminals are set to be stripped of their peerages under Government plans to clean up the House of Lords.

The whole point of appointing people for life is so that they can\’t be removed. Once you can remove them then you compromise the very independence that they were appointed to have.

Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is also proposing that those found guilty of breaking the Lords code of conduct are expelled or suspended from Parliament.

And you can change a code of conduct to include just about anything that you want.

Reform the House of Lords altogether? Maybe….if it\’s going to be an elected house then you don\’t need such restrictions. People can, as long as they know the situation, vote as they wish. But don\’t keep the life appointment system and take the power to throw out some of them. That\’s ditching the very point of life appopintment, that they are not beholden.

5 comments on “Bollocks

  1. And there was me thinking the whole point of life peers is that they weren’t hereditary which was always Labour’s problem with the system, he said noting that they have there own hereditary system!

    Wasn’t there an argument about keeping convicts in the Lords so that we have some experts on the penal system from the punished side and not just those who do the punishing?

  2. I do find it strange that 4 Labour peers are caught taking bribes and the solution is to strip some Tory peers, Archer and Black, of their peerages.

  3. I think there can be a distinction drawn where a Peer breaks the rules/code of conduct. But in essence i agree that if we are to have life peers who are independent then allowing the executive any power of removal is the start of a slippery slope.

  4. Perhaps Tim, you’ll stop defending the indefensible and advocate a fully democratic upper chamber.

    The US and Australia can manage it – so why can’t Britain?

    I’m sure we’ll be visited by the Pathetic Excuses Express very soon.

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