The travelling Lords show

Lord Soley

I have recently suggested that the House hold a number of events around the country when a panel of Lords (probably 3 or 4) from all sections of the House answer questions from the public on the work of the House of Lords. The aim is to increase public knowledge and awareness of what we do and how we do it.
It will not be Party political. I made the proposal as an extension of the Lords in schools programme where we speak at schools around the country – a very popular programme. I was influenced by one of the proposals in a recent Hansard report on political engagement.
I think I have support from the political groupings in the House and from the Speaker so I am hopeful that we will be able to run a few test meetings in the autumn.
What do you think? Would you attend a meeting if there was one in your area?

3 comments for “The travelling Lords show

  1. MilesJSD
    04/08/2014 at 10:10 am

    Only conditionally would I even wish to attend such a
    “learn what we the Indispensable, Remote, Publicly Inaccessible, House-of-Lords have to be doing”
    ‘meeting’ :

    “Only after all levels of The People have been first and foremost
    educationally informed and given plenty of practice in
    all possible Citizen’s Participative-Democracy-Governance Knowledges-&-KnowHows

    [even including
    “how to mark a ballot paper once every five (5) years with an erasable pencil cross”],

    and ‘Life-Face'[*]
    facts, factors, skills, and microskills therein”

    {would one wish to be pedagogicly classroomed to be instructed what The Lords are doing,
    and allowed to ask questions {about what The Lords are irrevocably and uinchangeably “doing” in Parliament and ‘For The People’)
    [*] ‘Life-Face’: as similar to, but distinctly greater-contexted than, “Coal-Face” or “Grass-Roots”.

  2. maude elwes
    05/08/2014 at 12:56 pm

    @ Lord Soley:

    Yes, I would go if one was in an area I found locally. I think it a good idea, but, who will turn out? And when they do, will those sent from the Lords to give information be able to cover the hostile questions they will undoubtedly be fired?

    The answer, I feel, you will get, is, you are not an elected group, you are appointed to serve your political masters and not the public who pay for you.

    Schools will be good as they are more likely to be subservient and less worried about the cost and chicanery.

    I read in the paper today that Baroness Boothroyd is for promoting retirement at a certain age and reducing the bums on seats in our second chamber, which makes sense as there are not enough seats for those bums anyway. So, not rocket science. Especially with Cameron wanting to ram twenty more in there to make sure the ideas he wants passed get just that. He has to protect his financiers and wealthy friends. After all it may be his last chance of ever doing that and his family are relying on him to take care of their pot of gold.

    I don’t agree with the Baroness on the age limit, as some are superb in later years, being a fact that not only does senility set in as you grow older, so can genius. Rare, I agree, but it does happen. Nature is like that, there is never dark without light to balance.

    So, good luck with it.

  3. maude elwes
    17/08/2014 at 10:29 am

    These comments from Peter Hitchins in today’s, Mail on Sunday, just about sums up a lot of my similarly related thoughts. It made somewhat satisfying reading to know I’m not completely alone in my thinking.

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