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Rutherglen Reformer - - Working for You -

I sus­pect that few peo­ple will have been sur­prised by re­cent rev­e­la­tions about the House of Lords and in par­tic­u­lar the down­fall of Labour peer Lord Sewel.

How­ever we should not be dis­tracted by tabloid head­lines when we con­sider the fu­ture of the House of Lords but rather stay fo­cussed on the sub­stan­tive is­sue- why on earth would we ever al­low un­elected peers to Lord it over us at the tax pay­ers ex­pense?

That very ques­tion, along with the abuse and ma­nip­u­la­tion of the gen­er­ous ex­penses sys­tem that un­der­pins the House of Lords, is the real one that needs an­swered.

It’s bad enough that we have an out of touch House of Com­mons but at least that cham­ber is elected, and, thank good­ness we have 56 SNP MPs op­pos­ing and scru­ti­n­is­ing the worst ex­cesses of Tory mis­rule.

The un­elected Lords are an af­front to democ­racy. How­ever it is a cham­ber that Labour, Tory and the Lib Dems alike con­tinue to sup­port.

The SNP refuse to take seats in the House of Lords and other par­ties should do the same.

In the short term the SNP has called on other ‘op­po­si­tion’ par­ties to agree not to nom­i­nate any ad­di­tional peers to the House of Lords.

I very much hope other will agree to this. For too long the House of Lords has been a sym­bol of pa­tron­age for the UK par­ties. That must end. That is just wrong, and it’s wrong ir­re­spec­tive of lurid tabloid head­line en­gulf­ing one in­di­vid­ual.

The in­verted com­mas sur­round­ing ‘op­po­si­tion’ par­ties were de­lib­er­ate.

There were two cru­cial votes in the House of Com­mons ahead of the UK Par­lia­ment go­ing into re­cess. It was an op­por­tu­nity to vote against the Wel­fare Re­form and Fi­nance Bills re­spec­tively.

Out of touch The House of Lords

Bob Doris MSP

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