We must elect the Lords. Not only is it embarrassingly undemocratic for the UK to retain an appointed legislature, but according to new research from Oxford University, it could also be corrupt.
The admission by former Liberal Democrat Party Treasurer Lord Razzall, that he was offered cash for peerages "several times a year" over a period of twelve years but failed to report any of these criminal offences threatens to take the lid back off one Westminster's most unseemly and nocuous can of worms of recent decades: cash for honours.
The new appointments to the House of Lords have rightly been given a kicking from the newspapers. With a few notable exceptions
Party donors, political advisers and former MPs were among those appointed to the House of Lords today, as Downing Street