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Those who appointed Rennard need to accept the consequences of what they’ve done

With depressing predictability, many people’s response to the concerns a lot of Liberal Democrat members have raised about the return of Chris Rennard to the Federal Executive has been ‘aren’t there more important things to worry about?’ It’s also interesting to note that…

Worth Reading 184: Abandoning the Antonine Wall

The sin of pride: We can’t afford a smug Chancellor – George Osborne’s policies are too short-term to protect the British economy when the next crash comes. The 1992 Olympic Bid – In a move that made a lot more sense then than…

The House of Lords needs to go, but it still has a job to do while it’s here

That image is from the latest Private Eye, but it’s echoing something that’s been all over the right wing of the internet in the last few days, as a harrumph of commentators and keyboard warriors have declared themselves to be shocked beyond all…

Replacing the Lords with an elected Senate – how I’d do it

As madcap, back-of-an-envelope schemes to reform the Lords are all the rage right now, I thought I’d use the opportunity to set out how I’d reform it. I may have done that before on this blog, but why not set it out once…

The Lib Dems should be radical in any appointments to the Lords

Mark Pack has news of a call for any Lib Dem appointments to the House of Lords to be used to bring more diversity to the Upper House. However, I’m reminded of a suggestion I made a couple of years ago, and want…

Solving the problems of the House of Lords and political party funding at the same time

So, the last time I wrote about the House of Lords, it didn’t spark a widespread movement to abolish it, and from the look of this year’s election manifestos, there’ll be no attempt to do so over the next few years. Which means…

The existence of the House of Lords corrupts our democracy, and it needs to go

Thanks to some fine academic work by Andrew Mell, Simon Radford and Seth Alexander Thevoz, we now have what comes as close as possible to proof that there’s a link between donating large amounts of money to political parties and finding yourself with…

Worth Reading 130: Nothing like the sun

Trend piece – ‘Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!’ The by-election in the House of Lords…

An easy opportunity to get more women in Parliament

Following some of the links from the Lib Dem Voice Golden Dozen, I found this post by Richard Morris suggesting names for potential new Lib Dem members of the House of Lords. As I’ve stated many times before, I’d like to see the…

How to ‘refresh’ the Lords

Via Jennie, Michael Crick on how many new peers need to be appointed to make the House of Lords representative of the votes cast at the last election. It’s an absurd number, but then it’s part of an absurd system where people get…

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