Actually the debate was quite interesting to watch (will definitely be rushing home early from work tomorrow to see the conclusion of the debate....)
I won't attempt here to summarise the arguments (maybe a future post?). Really good speeches by a number of MP's on both sides ofthe argument.
Here, though are my arguments for an elected house:
- Even as a revising chamber the House of Lords has considerable power over the laws that get passed.
- In a democracy laws should be made by the people through elected representatives - that is what democracy is.
- Well, actually, that's kind of it - in a democracy both houses should be elected, because in a democracy laws are made by people not because they are the great and good but because they got there by submitting themselves to the democratic process.