Elected House of Lords

I am half delighted and half apprehensive about the MPs' decision last night.

Delighted because it is a step away from archane pre-democracy and apprehensive because of the mess this government has made of previous constitutional reform. Let us hope that this reform results in a substantially different second house.

Perhaps proportional representation will be used in the second, revising house...

But what will the second house's powers be? Will it be able to propose legislation? Will it be able to create Statutory Instruments? Will it be a challenge, constitutionally, to the legitimacy of the House of Commons?

Interesting times lie ahead.


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