Nick Clegg’s politics and the Lib Dem’s obsession, having lost the AV vote, centres on the House of Lords reform but why change something that works so well, the argument is of course that we should not have a legislative chamber which is selected but the House of Lords does not make legislation, it scrutinises legislation and improves legislation, it can hold up legislation but it cannot stop legislation!
The problem with an elected House of Lords is that you will create another place full of career politicians not good enough for the House of Commons because the House of Lords would be the junior chamber, currently if you want to listen to a good, well argued politics / debate then go to the House of Lords, if you want well attended debates go to the House of Lords.
The House of Lords, though awkward in a modern democracy works surprisingly well, it is packed with successful businessmen, eminent scholars, successful retired politicians who scrutinise legislation with an expert eye, these are high-grade people who are never going to stand for election but do such an amazing job in ensuring good legislation, the halt in the NHS reform is partly because David Cameron know’s it is not yet ready to stand up to House of Lords scrutiny, we would lose this expertise if we had an elected 2nd chamber and it is such an essential part of our democracy and our politics, we can’t afford to lose it but if Clegg has his way it will be lost on the altar of Lib Dem politics.
The other point is, as the House of Lords works so well, which is a fact, should we really be spending time on reform of the House of Lords when it is plainly not desirable and we have far more important issues to address, it is an expensive danger for our constitution just to keep Clegg out of the way, reform of the House of Lords really is a meeting point for people who just do not understand our constitution
To read the full article by Mary Ann Sieghart go to: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/mary-ann-sieghart/mary-ann-sieghart-if-it-aint-broken-nick-dont-try-to-fix-it-2284679.html