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An elected House of Lords is simply not the answer...
I FOR one am relieved that the Government has decided not to pursue the proposals for the reform of the House of Lords.
The purpose of the Upper House is to review the work of the Commons and act as a safety net for much of the nonsense produced there.
If you listen to what happens in the Lords, you will hear more common sense spoken there than ever you will hear in the Commons.
Compared to the Lords, the Commons is like a playground full of squabbling children, all looking to get themselves noticed and get re-elected at all costs, even to the detriment of the long term good of the country.
The record of the elected Lower House in looking after the country is nothing to be proud of, especially after the scandals of the last few years, so an elected Upper House is the last thing we need, particularly as it would be 15 years before we could get any of them out again!
I am not saying there is no need to reform the Lords, especially how and who appoints them, but I repeat, an elected House of Lords is not the answer.
Jim Cunliffe, West Park