Reforming the House of Lords?
By far the biggest political news of the week was the Labour Party’s adoption of a series of proposals by Gordon Brown for constitutional reform. One set of proposals is to replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber that would complement the House of Commons with a new role of safeguarding the UK constitution, subject to an agreed procedure that sustained the primacy of the Commons.
Obviously, an elected second chamber would have no place for bishops (unless some of them stood for election, which is a vanishingly unlikely prospect). But as Nick Robinson pointed out ten years ago, Continue reading