Asking Theresa May To Show ‘Restraint’ In Her Resignation Honours Misses The Point – The Lords Is Bust
The former PM looks set to pack the House of Lords with unelected cronies. It’s time to build a movement for real democracy, Electoral Reform spokesperson Josiah Mortimer writes.
The archaic voting system used to elect MPs fails to give a voice to millions, throwing their votes onto the electoral scrapheap
“Big changes are long overdue."
Human Rights Watch says the ability of voters to freely choose their leaders was in serious doubt.
We’ve seen businesses play their part – now government and political parties must play theirs
A panel led by Kgalema Motlanthe says electoral reform is needed.
Change is generally unwelcome in the House of Lords, and when it does happen, it moves slower than cold treacle. I welcome the Burns Report, on how to reduce the size of the second chamber, from about 850 to 600. I say 'about' as it's hard to pin down the exact figure as peers retire or die at random and the government keeps packing more in regardless.
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.
Doesn't it make you sick when benefits scroungers milk the system for all they're worth, pocketing tens of thousands of pounds each when schools, hospitals, police and fire services are hit with year after year of budget cuts? Thank goodness people like that are kept far away from the levers of political power - just imagine how they'd move heaven and earth to protect their privileges if they were given half a chance. Except, of course, that they are in fact slap bang at the centre of political power