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I do not know what to think. Obviously a body like the house of lords is anything but democratic. But I find a couple of advantages in having a (somewhat toothless) upper house: (i) Long-term membership provides a counter-balance to short-termism. and (ii) in the specific case of the UK it seems that the house of lords has been used to give representation to groups that do not have it otherwise.

I am not defending the thing, just saying that if I could change something, my very very first would be to replace first-past-the-post with proportionality in parliament. That would bring real democracy to the UK, more than anything else.

by cagatacos on Fri Jun 29th, 2012 at 08:15:40 AM EST

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