He\’s right you know:
Lord Strathclyde, the leader of the Lords, has said peers elected to the upper house under the government\’s reform plans would not be accountable to voters.
The Conservative peer also said that if his party was in power with a majority, it would not be going ahead with the plans to democratise the Lords.
Strathclyde spoke in favour of the plans in an interview for the BBC\’s Sunday Politics show, but undermined one of the main arguments used by supporters of reform, namely that having elections would make the chamber accountable to voters.
Asked how having peers elected for 15-year non-renewable terms would make them accountable, Strathclyde said he was being careful not to claim the plans would do so. \”Because you\’re right – they\’re not accountable,\” he said.
Accountability to the electorate comes as a result of the electorate being able to get rid of you when you stand again.
If you\’re not allowed to stand again, which the new Senators will not be allowed to, then you\’re simply not going to be accountable to the electorate.
Democracy, in the end, is about being able to throw the bastards out. Something that just cannot happen in a system which insists upon a single term.