Well quite

The genial and clubbable Davidson, steeped in politics since his childhood, when Stanley Baldwin would drop in for breakfast, embodied the hereditaries’ belief that there were times when they knew best. Asked in 1991 for his reaction to their Lordships’ defeat of the War Crimes Bill, Davidson said: “I’ve always felt that the House of Lords represents the feelings of the country on certain subjects better than the Commons.”

Given that they own most of it they should be in touch with it.

9 thoughts on “Well quite”

  1. Given that they own most of it they should be in touch with it.

    But that was the great thing about the House of Lords as it was originally constituted (not the zombie chamber that exists today).

    The very fact that they were primarily landed gentry gave them a very long view indeed, unlike the venal types in the House of Commons who are only looking to line their pockets with as much taxpayers cash as possible before retiring with a few non-executive directorships in the bag.

    Give my Lord Ponsonby Chumbley Warner over Neil Kinnock any day of the week.

  2. The hereditaries not only enjoyed a long view forward, but they also were imbued with a sense of a long past. Their deliberations were often laced with references to history – their family history – and the mistakes made down the centuries. The current Noble Lords have a collective history that goes back to Harold Wilson and they can’t even see the mistakes he made.

  3. Quite right. Let’s return to an all-hereditary House of Lords. And no new creations either. If anyone else wants to get into Parliament, they can damned well stand for election.

    Perhaps allow the life peers to elect a token 92 of themselves to sit, but nothing more than that.

  4. No what I mean is that they had not only the title of “Lord Ponsonby Chumbley Warner” of Greater Gruntfuttock, but the likelihood was that they’d owned the manor since 1640 blip and most of Greater Gruntfuttock with it.

    It’s only with the modern era and these life peers that you ended up with titles without land.

  5. Davidson was only a second generation peer. The family money was acquired in Argentina by his great grandfather.

    I’m firmly opposed to caste systems for any job, including sitting in the House of Lords.

  6. Go on!
    Leave the proletariat with their bread and circuses while the gentry do what they have done for centuries – made Britain Great.

  7. “I’m firmly opposed to caste systems for any job..”

    Bloody hell! That’s the HofC, most of journalism – particularly the Guardian – much of the arts, a fair slice of academia, the BBC……

    What are you going to leave these people to do, Paul? Beg on streetcorners? Compete with the rest of us? That’d be so unfair!

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