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 House of Lords
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 17:49

Extra burden for the tax payer :-

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham is to join the House of Lords, the government has confirmed.

The 64-year-old, a strong supporter of Brexit, is among 36 new peers, who also include former Chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond.

Jo Johnson, the prime minister's Remain-supporting younger brother, who quit as a minister last year in protest at government policy, will join them.

Ex-Labour MPs Frank Field, Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart become peers too.
And Philip May, husband of former Prime Minister Theresa May, gets a knighthood for "political service"

I love the Philip May excuse ... for political service ??


The Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, criticised the decision to award 36 peerages, calling the list "a lost opportunity to reduce numbers".
He said: "The result will be that the House will soon be nearly 830 strong - almost 200 greater than the House of Commons. That is a massive policy U-turn."

The prime minister's chief strategic adviser, Sir Edward Lister, gets a peerage, but there is no honour for former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, despite retired holders of the office usually joining the Lords.

Pathetic

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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: Andrew283  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 17:59

Really needs replaced with a group of citizens who can cast judgement on bills etc from home. Far too influenced by the commons
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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 18:15

According to the Electoral Reform Society the cost to the UK taxpayer of the 36 new peers will be over £1m pa.
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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: donj  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 19:34

Not out of Boris's pocket so all good.
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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: Wotsit  
Date:   Fri 31 Jul 19:51

The HoL is an especially ridiculous anachronism in a system riddled with arcane ritual and dubious tradition.


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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: widtink  
Date:   Sun 2 Aug 14:04

Quote:

Andrew283, Fri 31 Jul 17:59

Really needs replaced with a group of citizens who can cast judgement on bills etc from home. Far too influenced by the commons


An Anarcho-syndicalist commune is the way to go I reckon.
We take it in turns to act as sort of executive officer for the week ...but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two thirds majority in the case of more.... Yada Yada, you get the idea 🤣

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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: Andrew283  
Date:   Sun 2 Aug 14:13

On second though, let's not go to Westminster, t'is a silly place
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 Re: House of Lords
Topic Originator: Superally  
Date:   Wed 5 Aug 21:14

Wee Ruoooof says she is donning the weasel ermine to improve democracy apparently.



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