Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Punishing delinquent peers: life means life

This ‘cash-for-amendments’ episode reminds us that while it’s easy (and fair) to get uppity about the fact that members of the Lords are unelected, it’s also an affront to accountability that they’re each there for life.

However ‘great and good’ anyone might deem any of these people when they’re appointed, after that there’s really no effective check on their conduct at all.

There are harder things in the world than kicking a peer out, but not many. Just ask disgraced ex-con the Still Entirely Noble Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare.

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