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Lords reform and constitutionality

Some amus­ing news from the ermine cham­ber this week: 76% of peers, includ­ing 54% Lib Dem peers, would see reform of the House of Lords uncon­sti­tu­tional. The first thing is that the num­ber of Lib Dem objec­tors, includ­ing Lord Steel, is depress­ingly too high: Lords reform has been Lib­eral and Lib­eral Demo­c­ra­tic party pol­icy since before pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion was added. The sec­ond thing is that this is com­plete bollocks.

My friend over at Legal Fic­tion has posted, from a legal stand­point, why this is not the case: most impor­tantly, the use of the Par­lia­ment Acts 1911 and 1949 to over­ride the Lords with the Hunt­ing with Dogs Act (2004) was seen as con­sti­tu­tional by the Law Lords. That, and Par­lia­ment has the right to pass nearly any­thing it wishes (with the excep­tion of laws that vio­late treaty agree­ments). But there is a soci­etal aspect too. » Read more..

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