05 July 2005

Peer Pressure

The current crop of new peers contains a fine list of political has beens, greasy pole climbers and fake radicals.

The Guardian reports amongst this collection is Tony Banks, “Outspoken London MP and briefly sports minister. Led the campaign to ban foxhunting.”

I can hear the spinning of ermine graves as ex-peers look down from on high at the dismal crop.

Yesterday's radicals become tomorrow's ennobled windbags, Neil Kinnock is a fine example.

Why do politicians even go through the pretence of trying to reform the House of Lords? When it comes down to it, they nearly all just want a peerage or a barony.

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