If May thinks the Lords is illegitimate she should scrap it
In (rightly) questioning the legitimacy of the House of Lords while announcing an election for June 8, Prime Minister May has lit the fuse which should lead to its abolition. It is an open sewer of corruption and it has to go
Given the shattering news the Prime Minister was breaking to an unsuspecting world -- a general election in just seven weeks time -- it is perhaps understandable that pundits missed what could well be a message with even greater significance for British politics, at least in the long term.
Savour this extract from Mrs. May's speech on Tuesday explaining why she has called an election for June 8:
"The country is coming together but Westminster is not. In recent weeks Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the EU, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the SNP say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the EU and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way." (Our italics.)
Now, we all know that the House of Lords is unelected. But the only people who flag that up are people who are questioning its legitimacy. The House of Lords is indeed illegitimate -- the phrase we have used many times is "an open sewer of corruption at the heart of our national public life". And so it is.
But the person questioning the legitimacy of the Lords now is the prime minister, a Conservative one at that.
Brexit is obviously the number one issue of the moment. But retrieving British sovereignty should be just the beginning of reviving our democracy.
Scrapping the Lords in its current form as a repository of cronies and worse -- people who have bribed their way in by giving funding to political parties -- should therefore be a top priority in rebuilding trust between the people and the political establishment.
Prime Minister May has now lit the fuse. Those who care about clean government and a renewed democracy should help finish what she has started.
The Lords is a disgrace, it should be scrapped, and when she is delivered a thumping majority on June 8, Theresa May should be the one to scrap it.
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