Problems with an elected second chamber


Potential problems highlighted during the debate on House of Lords Reform on Mon 9th Jul 2012 in the House of Commons:-

  • Regional elections likely to allow minority, racist parties in to influence legislation out of all proportion to the size of their support base
  • Members elected for 15 year, unrenewable term will be wholly unaccountable to the electorate
  • Likely to be more expensive
  • Loss of expertise very likely – one MP mentioned that being from a Navy family she felt safe that she knew what she was talking about when on a defence committee – until she realised there were 17 people from the Lords who were ex sea lords and experts in the Military (MP for Gosport)
  • In the Lords you have to win the argument, whereas in the Commons you only need to win the vote
  • Most referendums on elected mayors rejected – why is there no referendum on Lords Reform?
  • An elected Lords would risk the primacy of the House of Commons

… good debate tonight on Lords Reform. More engaged debate on Twitter than there were jaded opinions on politics. Perhaps both our Parliament and our punlic’s opinion of it are finally improving?

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About adamfowleruk
I'm a Principal Sales Engineer with MarkLogic in the UK. Big NoSQL geek, but not a mindless fanboi! Author of the upcoming 'NoSQL for Dummies' book from Wiley. Also love Node.js, particularly for real time situational awareness application stacks where timely information is a must. Love Node.js packages to run http servers, supporting WebSockets on HTML5 apps, and linking to IM platforms like Jabber. I'm the creator of MLJS and MLDotNet, wrappers in JavaScript and .NET, respectively, for the MarkLogic REST API.

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