it really is about time we got round to it

… whereas it is intended to substitute for the House of Lords as it at present exists a Second Chamber constituted on a popular instead of hereditary basis, but such substitution cannot be immediately brought into operation:

1 and 2 Geo 5, c.13, Preamble

For now just under three months short of a century, the United Kingdom’s Parliament has had its stated intention to reform the House of Lords, for on 18 August 1911 the Act from which the extract is quoted above was given Royal Assent.

Quite often I find myself somewhat divided on this issue. On one hand, there are the hereditary peers whose families have loyally served in Parliament, often without any real reward, for many years – if not for centuries – and on the other there are the clear wishes of the House of Commons back in 1911 as well as the wishes of many, many people throughout the United Kingdom.

Many friends have put it to me somewhat like this,

Why should Lord –––– get to have  a seat in Parliament simply because his great great great great great great grandfather was a favourite of the King?

The previous administration attempted Reform of the Lords, and took a major step by revoking the rights of most hereditary peers of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain, of Scotland, and of England, to sit and vote in that House of Parliament. For the observant, I’ve missed out the Peers of Ireland as they were already excluded unless they had another title.

Now that we are approaching the centenary of the passing of the act of parliament now known as the Parliament Act 1911 it is is, in my view, time for the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same to enact legislation to further this policy.

it really is about time we got round to it

I’ve just signed a petition to the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, which can be found on the Unlock Democracy website. I hope that other friends will join with me in so doing.

Alternatively, if Her Majesty’s Government is not going to do this, then perhaps they need to amend the Preamble of the above act of Parliament, if indeed that is possible at all.

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