Get rid of Lords, not our MPs
THE New Year’s honours were announced last week and saw a number of local people rewarded for their commitment to our communities and other causes.
Some people, however, object in principle to the system of honouring, suggesting it is elitist and divisive. Knighting men and making women dames, or administering the various other gongs to recognise achievements comes in for flak.
There are also those who campaign against the United Kingdom’s upper house at Westminster and the creation of new lords and ladies.
Personally, I’ve nothing against the New Year’s honours – or Queen’s birthday honours – as a way in which to congratulate selfless contributors to civic society.
There is, however, a huge degree of hypocrisy from successive governments of different political hues over using the Lords to reward financial benefactors or politicians.
At present, there are proposals out to consultation to reduce the number of MPs to save taxpayers’ money. These suggestions include altering the constituencies covering Argyll and Bute and the Highlands and Islands by dropping one of our MPs.
What’s more, Brendan O’Hara (currently Argyll and Bute) and Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber) will see their current constituencies grow even larger, assuming they are selected to stand again and win.
But this comes at a time when the Lords is becoming ever more bloated with unelected people. Did you know there are now more than 800 members of the Lords, compared to the Commons, which has 650?
Prime minister after prime minister has used ennoblement as a means of patronage to favour party political supporters.
Never mind cutting the number of MPs in our huge rural area – let’s slash and burn through the appointed, privileged and unelected House of Lords.