The controversial legislation led to countless arrests of ordinary people for making jokes and expressing opinions about religion and sexuality.
Until we get a chamber where prime ministers and parties no longer count but it’s like one big senate, we still need need the Lords or at least a truly bicameral form of government. The only way all this PC legislation has got through in the first place was because Blair crippled the Lords by insisting it be elected under the current “vote for the party” system and subject to him rather than to sound, independent values.
There are still those who think that handing the PM more powers is somehow equivalent to free speech, whereas the opposite is the case, as has been shown over and over. Fighting for an elected Lords at this point, under this parliamentary set-up, is equivalent to making it subject to the big 3 and the prime minister.
If you don’t like the idea of hereditary Lords, fine – the idea is that these people need to be independent of PCism and career politicians. Put a whole load of grandmothers in there if you wish but don’t let them be career politicians from the Big 3.