Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lords Reform Day

Failed to blog yesterday, but it was the anniversary of the Parliament Act being enacted in 1911. Like several bits of legislation since, it was only intended as a temporary interim measure:
" is intended to substitute for the House of Lords as it at present exists a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of hereditary basis, but such substitution cannot be immediately brought into operation."

New Politics Network has declared 10 August as Lords Reform Day. In the 21st century there can be no excuses for having a 2nd legislative chamber in which there are any hereditary members (even if they are selected by their hereditary peers).
Isn't it about time that we had a true set of constitutional reforms to bring our legislative bodies kicking and screaming into this century, and not being a throw back to the 18th and 19th centuries.


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