This post is part of a Twitter conversation with Helene Tyrrell and should be read in conjunction with the post Politics, Democracy and the House of Lords Reform Proposals, I like to carry on some conversations this way when the conversations are with quality people who genuinely want to discuss the particular subject and this is difficult to do within the 140 characters of Twitter.
@dalewood @HeleneTyrrellI take on board the points raised in that link, but what do you mean ‘will clog up the democratic process?
Well, currently the House of Lords is only a revising chamber ensuring bills are drafted correctly and suggesting amendments where appropriate, they cannot stop legislation , they can hold legislation up forcing the House of Commons to rethink but in the end the final say is always with the House of Commons, the House of Lords is like a body which sees the wood for the trees. There is also a convention between the House of Commons and the House of Lords which dictates that the House of Lords will not hold up any legislation which appeared in the governing parties manifesto because the electorate had given the party a direct mandate for that particular legislation. Further reading