Voters are sick of the Mother of All Parliaments being viewed as a members club for a small elite. And every time we look at it we find a compelling case for change. Last month the ERS revealed that peers who haven't spoken in the Lords for an entire year have claimed nearly £1.3million in expenses and allowances. That only happens because Lords know there is no redress - there is no way for voters to hold them to account. There is an urgent need for the light of democratic accountability in our upper chamber.
People are switching their party allegiances at astonishing rates - and our voting system is failing to keep up. And all this undermines the faith voters have that that seats in Parliament will reflect the votes they cast. This lottery approach to running elections means we have no idea what will happen or how votes will be reflected in our elected Commons.
There's a stark generation gap in the EU referendum debate - and it's not getting better.
New BMG Research polling we've released today shows younger people are totally disengaged from the debate - just 47% of 18-24 year olds say they will definitely vote, compared to 80% of those aged 65 or older - a huge 33 percentage point gap.
Calls for reform of the House of Lords have been heard even more loudly that normal in the last ten days and the reason is fairly obvious. The current set-up comes nowhere close to being right for the 21st Century.
Half the voters in Scotland put their cross next to parties other than the SNP, but the SNP took virtually all the seats, leaving a lot of Scottish voters unrepresented. It's not unreasonable to suggest our voting system is contributing to divisions within the UK - whether that's side-lined Labour voters in the South of England or disgruntled Tories north of the border.
Under our current 'First Past the Post' voting system, a lot of people feel like their votes won't count unless they vote to keep someone else out... Our voting system works against smaller parties and encourages 'tactical' voting - simply opting for a candidate with the best chance of winning.
04/05/2015 22:07 BST
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