Em­bat­tled peers bash Black Rod for TV strip

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BLACK Rod is be­ing lined up by peers as a scape­goat for the BBC doc­u­men­tary about the Lords which has been do­ing such damage to the Up­per House’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Their lord­ships have been aghast at how the fly-on-the-wall se­ries has re­vealed ex­penses-fid­dling, Cham­ber-snooz­ing and lunchtime-trough­ing by our un­elected leg­is­la­tors.

Guns are turn­ing on Lt Gen David Leakey, the cur­rent Black Rod, who was shown in the doc­u­men­tary strip­ping to his shirt-tails and bare legs to show the BBC cam­eras how fast he could change into his of­fi­cial garb of tights and knicker­bock­ers.

The sight of this royal of­fi­cer flash­ing his pins has been too much for some on the red benches.

‘What was he think­ing?’ says one Privy Coun­sel­lor. ‘He has brought his high of­fice into low dis­re­pute.’

Leakey has been in the job six years. Will it be cur­tains for Black Rod? Per­haps he should give him­self a bash over the head with his stick, as penance.

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