The House of Lords; and I.

When we look at, or rather read of, the people who have been elevated above their station in life to become members of the House of Lords, I suppose that the opinion of most is that of failed politicians ennobled to swell the ranks of the particular party in power at the time, along with the strangely British notion of ennobling certain ‘celebrities’ so that the ruling Politicians can be seen and acknowledged as ‘on the ball’, or whatever the catchphrase is at that time.

We see dozens, literally dozens, of politicians, from all Parties, ennobled for the specific purpose of adding to a headcount when votes are counted, so that the Government can depend upon those when voting on certain contentious Bills is necessary. We also see members  of the Lords whose ennoblement can be a mystery. I note the presence of Lady Floella Benjamin, whose expertise was seemingly to preside over certain children’s t.v. programming. Oh, and she also did lots of ‘Chariddee Wuk’ as well, so that is why this unelected drone is given the power to influence all Bills wending their way through Parliament: or was her ennoblement due to the fact that she is Black, and they had to get the ‘diversity’ numbers up?

I also note the presence, in the Lords chamber, of Baroness Doreen Lawrence. It is accepted that, besides being awarded £500,000.00 of taxpayers money because the Met. screwed up the investigation into the murder of her son, she was give the Title just to shut her up, and stop her mewling. Her husband, who was much the more worthy recipient of high office, did not receive any such distinction: possibly because he kept his mouth shut.

I have personally only knowledge, through correspondence of one Noble Lady, and her name is Baroness Caroline Cox. It was she who travelled to Syria to test, and in doing so, certainly to my knowledge, demonstrated that the Assad Regime, whilst guilty of many things barbaric, had no hand in the alleged chlorine gas attacks on Jihadi- and rebel-held positions within certain Syrian cities. She travelled as part of a Christian delegation, and they collectively received a barrage of criticism for their pains. She protested that the missile attacks from America, the UK and France were illegal because they were made without any UN authorisation.

There are a few Members of the Lords who are worthy of their titles, such as senior Judges who are automatically ennobled, but they are outnumbered by the ‘paid for’ vote, inclusive of the lackeys wearing dog-collars under the ermine.The only name mentioned as being readied for the Lords, and subsequently the recipient of vociferous denunciations is of course the former Speaker, John Bercow. Corbyn added him to the lists for ennoblement, but fortunately, the Commission was told, firmly, that if put forward, his name would be black-balled.

We need a Second Chamber, because Legislation without  independent scrutiny is dictatorship writ small, but the Second Chamber which I dream of is unpolluted with failed politicians, and diversity seat fillers.

7 comments for “The House of Lords; and I.

  1. Stonyground
    May 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I have a problem with the fact that persons from the HoL can be inserted into the cabinet without having to go through the inconvenience of standing for election.

  2. Seeker24
    May 18, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I’m on the other side of that see-saw, SG.
    I have a problem that so many of the legislature can be kept in line by the prospect of becoming under-minister for community cohesion or whatever. The PM should be free to choose his cabinet, but anyone from the commons should resign his seat.
    ( for his read her or its, as appropriate)

  3. Mudplugger
    May 18, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Getting rid of more than 20 bishops who occupy seats there simply by reason of their seniority in an irrelevant organisation would be a good start.
    Don’t care what colour or gender they are, they have no place in our legislative processes.

  4. Mona
    May 18, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    The House of Lords might have been the only place where. C19 could have been useful

  5. Andy5759
    May 18, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    There used to be a perfect mechanism for appointing Lords, the serendipity of inheritance. Not all holders of hereditary titles are wealthy, or Tory. Some are overseas nationals, so could be bared from sitting. I’m not bothered about the presence of the Bishops, in theory they would hold the government to moral standards. As for the celebrity appointments, aren’t the lesser titles for them? Bercow, ah this is a problem, it is customary to ennoble retired Speakers. To deny that for anything less than gross misconduct or treason is wrong. I detest the man but there’s right and there’s wrong. Mind you, he would probably wear the badge of refusal with pride, a sign of his sacrifice.

    An elected lower chamber is a horrible thought. Imagine the intellectual lightweights we’d get! The last reform brought changes, none of them good because it was done under public pressure. Further reform should be considered as a matter of urgency and carried out cross-party and quietly. Then presented to the people for debate and decision.

  6. Vera
    May 20, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Anyone who is referred to, no matter how ridiculously, as ‘Right Honorable’ should be kicked out if they have any legal blemish, no matter how minor, on their conduct. Just that alone will slim down the HOL substantially. Baroness Udin, among others, springs to mind as worthy of the Order of the Boot. Surely those who have always behaved impeccably should not have to hob-nob with the riff-raff.

    • May 24, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Once, they wouldn’t…

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