Apparently we are going live today. So far, our blog confessions have had a very limited audience, but now anyone may see what we have been doing.
Not that I have anything to hide. Indeed, I suspect that most members of the Lords would be only too happy if the public could and did take more notice of what we do on their behalf. Some of us spent a lengthy afternoon last Thursday debating the best way to get more people – and especially young people – interested in the way Parliament deals with their concerns, hopes and fears. We were examining the distorting effect of the current voting system, which tends to make people feel that they can’t affect the outcome of an election and it is a waste of time going to the poll. I notice that several of my fellow bloggers were there. We didn’t all agree, but at least we showed how anxious we are to give the citizens of this country a more effective say in the way in which it is run. Hopefully, MPs will be equally keen to improve the system. I wouldn’t bet on it, however, since some might lose their seats if the system was made fairer.
After the debate I left speedily, caught the tube and neatly made my train at Paddington for Cornwall and home. Once there, however, I was immediately immersed in an equally topical debate about the future of food and farming. But this time I kept my mouth shut and listened to the full-time countrymen (and they were almost all men). All Parliamentarians – from both Houses – have to keep in touch with real life, or we cannot do our job properly.