Lots of ideas floating around at the moment. Me, I favour some form of sortition (go and look it up!) and happen to think that being the descendant of someone who won a famous military victory some centuries back, the offspring of some particularly vicious medieval bandit, the fruit of the loins of some bribing Edwardian brewer, is as valid a method of sortition as any other.
It brought us the 9 th Earl Nelson for example, who retired from working life as a Sergeant in the police, and I think there\’s recently been one who was a bus conductor.
I absolutely insist that such a return to the hereditaries only (those who do well can be ennobled, but their sitting in the House only starts with their children) would be better than this proposal:
Two, fill most of the House by going to professional bodies – Royal College of Nursing, BMA, unions, service associations, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, British Bankers\’ Association, Engineering Council, Federation of Master Builders, etc – and letting each choose one peer (temporary and renewable) from their number.
The biggest problem politics faces is that the interest groups, the power groups like the unions, the professional bodies, jealously guard their privileges. Putting them in political power over what those privileges will be will simply entrench them.
We also have a name for this system of government, corporatism. And in terms of political and economic power, corporatism is the basic structure of fascism.
No, me, I think being ruled by the offspring of those who had the wit to bribe Lloyd George is a more attractive prospect.