Observations from the Labour Party Conference 7: an unintended consequence of the announcement that the remaining hereditary peers will be removed from the House of Lords

One of the sharpest and loudest bursts of applause during Gordon Brown’s speech at the Conference today was for the restatement of the intention to legislate before the General Election for the removal of the right to sit and vote in the House of Lords of the remaining hereditary peers.

So sharp and loud was it that it roused from its slumbers a pigeon that had been roosting in the roofspace of the Brighton Centre.  The pigeon then flapped around the Gallery for a few minutes before disappearing whence it came.

It is just as well that it had disappeared before it was captured by the Conference Stewards given what they did to the handful of red balloons that had been released just before the speech began.

4 thoughts on “Observations from the Labour Party Conference 7: an unintended consequence of the announcement that the remaining hereditary peers will be removed from the House of Lords”

  1. All the better to an elected upper chamber. I’ve no doubt you’d be elected safely. Sod Alternative Vote to the Lords/Senators! Bring in the simple proportional system for the Lords. Commons rools Ok? Fine. Commons proposes, Senate/Lords disposes?

  2. Paul is absolutely right, PR for the Lords is the way to go as I have suggested oft times before.

    After it has run for a bit over a term the British people could then consider adopting PR of some sort for the Commons, wiser in the experience we would then have.

    A rather conservative, evolutionary approach I suppose . . .

  3. All the better to an elected upper chamber. I’ve no doubt you’d be elected safely. Sod Alternative Vote to the Lords/Senators! Bring in the simple proportional system for the Lords. Commons rools Ok? Fine. Commons proposes, Senate/Lords disposes?

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