The House of Lords should be abolished and put in the recycle bin, an MP has asserted, as tension grows on the upper chamber of the UK parliament.
And just days after the Lords tossed a spanner in the works by thwarting the International Market Bill, calls are rising for the chamber to be jettisoned.
Presently, there are about 800 unelected members of the House of Lords, far more than the 650 MPs democratically elected into the House of Commons.
Inverclyde MP Ronnie Cowan has called for the upper chamber to be abolished, asserting it’s undemocratic, and in his blog, the SNP MP said that the unelected second chamber should be put in the recycle bin.
He said a bicameral system that scrutinises and guides has its place but that there are better ways than appointing Lords and Ladies, saying that citizens assemblies have been used in various ways since ancient Greece and that there’s a place for them in the 21st century.
He said that handing out royal baubles that honour subjects for a life time’s work doesn’t come close to paying them a better salary or financing the charity or organisation they have devoted their working life to.
He also took a swipe at the royal honours system, which recognises exceptional achievement and hard work and he added that showering wealthy celebs and sportsmen with honours was repulsive.
He said that the honours system underpins the aristocracy and the class system and that it supported the concept of a hierarchical institution – that it breeds superiority and privilege and that it promotes self, rather than society.
And Mr Cowan said the Lords should be part of a reform of British politics to create a system suitable for the 21st century which was forward-thinking and inclusive.
He added, one where academia, civil service, industry, finance, civic society and politicians can explore and develop new solutions – solutions that could be examined, critiqued and enhanced.
Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, is also calling for a reform of the House of Lords, proclaiming the second chamber required a radical rethink away from its existing London centric membership.
Douglas Ross, MP for Moray, stressed more non-England peers needed to be appointed from the devolved nations and he added that the one thing he found most unfair was the fact that over 40 per cent of the existing members of the House of Lords lived in London and the South East.
Most Lords are ex MPs and whilst they whine about it, MPs won’t get rid of them as they see it as a nice little earner once done with screwing us all over – after all, £300 plus per day just for turning up isn’t a bad day, is it?
However, they do provide checks and balances to our Government that can and often do get above themselves and they’re invariably on the side of reason and wisdom and act with objectivity and independence, although we should get rid of the unelected peers who are a waste of our finances and spend most of the time asleep – just a job for old codgers.
Tony Blair didn’t like the Lords blocking his policies, therefore, removed the hereditary peers and packed the house with cronies which has continued over two decades to where we are now, which says it all about how out of touch the whole thing is.
Perhaps they should be made to spend 8 hours awake, or forfeit their money if they don’t!