Once again I find myself in a position of isolation – “the only one in step” – but I am sticking to my position, as I have never found any evidence to convince me that it is wrong.
It appears that all three of the main UK political parties support reform of the House of Lords, although there seem to be differences of opinion as to exactly how it should be done.
They are all wrong!
I maintain that a true democracy cannot exist where there are political parties involved. For the reasoning behind this, go to The Challenge, where you will see that we do not have altruistic politicians in parliament, and there is no spirit of cooperation, as is always the case when there is an opposition. The conditions for democracy to flourish therefore do not exist.
If politicians, who are our elected representatives, are themselves the problem, to have more of them would not help at all – on the contrary, it would make matters worse. In this case, having an unelected House of Lords could be a distinct advantage, as its members are unlikely to be coerced into voting in accordance with the wishes of one party or the other.
The present push for reform of the House of Lords would be to increase the number of elected peers. Who would these peers be? People that have been selected by the electorate as a whole? Most certainly not! They would be people that are selected by members of the party system, and they would be of course selected on the basis of their party allegiance, just as the Life Peers are selected now. In other words, the influence of politics in Parliament would be extended by such reform, and I maintain that this is exactly what we don’t need.
Its not that I am against reform in the House of Lords at all – far from it!
I would, however, reform it such that party politics played as microscopic a part as possible – ideally it would vanish to the point of non-existence. It would also be necessary to exclude the influence of big business, as the Lords seems to be the only hope we have at present of reaching decisions that are actually in the best interests of the electorate.
So, I suggest the following:-
1. Party Whips shall have no influence in the House of Lords whatsoever, and shall restrict their activity to the House of Commons until such time as we can eliminate these monstrous devices altogether.
2. All votes in the House of Lords must be matters of conscience, ie. “Free Votes”.
3. Peers holding influence in companies that may be subject to current legislation must recuse themselves to avoid any conflict of interest.
4. There will be no ‘Life Peers’, or any other such sinecure dictated by any of the political parties in the Commons.
5. New peers may be created at the Queen’s pleasure, but only as a result of a direct petition to the monarchy by members of the public. We want no politicians involved in this process at all!
6. The House of Lords must be given the power of veto over legislation being proposed by the Commons.
Where is this all leading?
The power we have invested in our representatives is being usurped by their paymasters, and our interests are being ignored as a result. To protect ourselves we need to restrict the power that we are investing so that it cannot be misused. It will not be possible to make the necessary changes immediately, so we have to resort to measures that are immediately possible, and work on the others long-term.
The first action is – Block all Attempts to Reform the House of Lords!
Of course, I am assuming that the Queen is on our side.
If this should prove not to be the case, do not despair – emigrate!