The Blog has been strangely silent over the bank holiday week-end – does this suggest that most of you blog only at work or that you are all out and about pursuing hobbies?
I mentioned the possibility of a referendum on an elected House of Lords at last week’s meeting of Lord Norton’s Reform Group. It was roundly turned down, very courteously as is always the case in Lords dealings, but firmly nevertheless. The main reason being that no one believed that such a referendum would result in anything but a vote for a fully elected Second Chamber – an outcome few of us think is the best solution.
I have to say I am not so sure. Part of the reason for putting this idea forward was to seize the opportunity to educate a wider public about the work of the Lords – I am willing to bet that only a tiny fraction of the 56 about to enter the Lords have any real familiarity with its work – but to judge by some of your comments and those of an increasing number of media spokespeople the issue is at least worthy of proper debate. A referendum would enable this.
I wonder too how MPs will respond when it becomes clear that an elected House of Lords will inevitably wish to challenge the powers of the Commons?