Parliament is about to hold an election with 11 candidates. Each candidate is a man, every candidate has inherited a title and only 47 Tory aristocrats in the House of Lords can vote.
The victor will be able to make your laws for life. So, welcome to the strange world of a hereditary peer by-election and the successful victor will get to talk in the House of Lords, claim a £300-a-day allowance, and have the power to shape and vote on the laws of the land.
The policy is a grotesque hangover from Tony Blair ’s efforts to refurbish the House of Lords but when the ex-Labour PM essentially abolished obtained peerages in 1999, he consented to let 92 of them stay in the House of Lords as a trade-off.
Nearly two decades on, the situation has still not been settled. That means when one of the hereditary peers dies or retires, the peers that got booted out in 1999 get the first refusal on his or very rarely her seat.
The departure of Lord Glentoran at the age of 83 has opened up an opening and because he was a Tory, only Tory hereditary peers in the Lords of which there are 47 can vote.
But should we get rid of the antiquated dumping ground for has-beens and the vested? And at £300 a day for doing nothing and subsidised food and alcohol what’s not to like?
As it’s established now, the House of Lords is an unnecessary, outworn establishment. It should be dumped quickly and 101 names drawn out of a hat of all those listed on local voting lists in the United Kingdom. Those people work for a twelvemonth in a new House of Representatives following which a new draw takes place.
Britain is quickly becoming broken and when parliament is presented on TV, half of them are fast asleep and maybe it’s time to eliminate the House of Lords because it’s just a means to ensure that aristocracy always has a powerful influence on society, in promoting their own interests at the expense of the general populace.
It’s a system of Lords who like to have a drink at the bar but these are Lords who are accountable for our country, yet these intoxicated fools are assembled in the House of Lords. How many people do you know that are permitted to booze on the job?
The House of Lords must be eliminated or at least improved because this privileged gravy train should stop now and of course the government will use all imaginable methods and deceptions to reach their goals.
As an artist would simply settle and criticise the market for not being able to sell their work, the government find it easy to simply condemn society.
However, the Queen’s nephew, a 24-year-old ambitious banker and a formal naval commander have all joined Britain’s strangest election race for a life-long seat in the Lords. The men are all amongst the candidates for the next hereditary peer by-election, in which only the descendants of those with qualified rights can stand and the only other, an elite group of 31 surviving peers can vote.
A husting for the chosen post will be held in the House of Lords before the victor is chosen in a covert vote on July 3 and there are 19 candidates in the running to be a new crossbench peer replacing the retiring Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.
As well as the Queen’s nephew the Earl of Snowdon who is 19th in line to the throne, Cody Tennant, 24-year-old Lord Glenconner, wants the seat and each candidate is permitted to issue a 75-word statement to peers to say why they should be elected to the red benches.
Lord Glenconner has promoted his Master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen stating that he takes a great interest in politics and legislation.
This cracks me up! I take a great interest in politics, although I don’t have a Master’s degree and we all know that having a Master’s degree does not give you the savvy to make decisions on our country and with people’s lives and these privileged toffs have no idea what goes on in the real world.
We want real people governing this country, not Joe Nineties…