I’ve had to give up watching Newsnight as I was threatening to disturb my neighbours with all my shouting at the TV. There’s some absolute rubbish being spouted by various people, and ironically a lot of it is coming from people with ‘Lord’ before their name, who think that magically gives them the power to have opinions that are better than you or I.
Amazing, really, how many people seem to think we don’t have an upper house of Parliament already, seeing as they’re complaining about the cost of an elected chamber and the fact that it will be full of politicians. Unless I’ve missed something recently, I don’t think the current Lords are doing it for free (admittedly some are paying for the privilege, just not into the Parliamentary coffers) and I haven’t heard of the OED changing the definition of ‘politician’ to no longer include people who aren’t elected.
Then of course there’s the ‘tactical voting’ and ‘all sorts of motives behind this majority’ argument which might make sense if we were allowed to have every vote in Parliament reviewed in that way. Maybe we could have the last few elections annulled on the grounds that the people clearly didn’t mean to get the Parliament they got elected as they were voting tactically. If you want to reform the Commons to include a ‘yes, but…’ option in the lobbies, then go ahead, but until then have the courage to vote for what you want and mean, rather than hoping some political soothsayer will determine whether or not your vote had some ironic intent to it.