Put The House Of Lords In The Bin!

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!

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

One thought on “Put The House Of Lords In The Bin!

  1. I don’t know what to make of the Lords. Unelected peers lording it (no pun intended) over everyone else doesn’t sound particularly great. On the other hand, having something in place to keep this government in check is an absolute must, if only to deny Cummings – sorry, Johnson – from enacting anything and everything without scrutiny.


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