Regionalise the Lords?
I often like to ask MPs why the House of Lords is allowed to scrutinise English legislation but not that of the devolved administrations. Why, I ask, should Neil Kinnock have any say on English legislation?
Invariably I am told that the House of Lords is not based on geographic constituencies so the issue of nationality and national interest does not come into it; Neil Kinnock, for example, does not sit in the House of Lords to represent Wales.
Now I hear that Hazel Blears wants the Lords to represent UK regions.
It seems that if they can't regionalise England through referenda they will do it by any means possible. How very dare they? The dirty bastards!
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