I won't rehearse again the many failings of the political life peers, who like some malignant contagious disfigurement have destroyed the integrity of our upper chamber. Worthless dross, dags and liggers, spivs and crooks, the filth of their touch befouls anything good. And as Nigel Farage writes in the Telegraph today (£) the process of putrescence has accelerated under both Blair and Cameron - archly corrupt chisellers both, sofas and chums and honours for bribers, rent-seekers and hairdressers. I won't say it will be no pleasure; defenestrating the effete Andrew Adonis or the pervert Rennard will be fun. Calls will grow for abolition from all quarters, and the discussion must swiftly move to what we must replace it with.
Clearly, electors will expect some say in who sits in a second house, but a national election list would be impossible to administer. People are also frustrated at the domination by the metropolitan political class. The CofE bishops must go - to retain them would be to open the doors to Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses and Zoroastrians to be represented. However, there may be a place for some appointments made by an independent commission for which the most senior of the professions and the armed forces would be eligible.
Here's an initial suggestion (% or senate, take your pick) -
English ceremonial counties (old Yorkshire ridings etc) - 48
Welsh counties - 8
Northern Ireland - 5
Scotland - 12
City of London - 1
Greater London (smaller than GLA ) - 6
Total 'elected' - 80
Appointments Commission - 20
If we assume that the Lords in its present form will go, and concentrate on with what to replace it, I think we'll be on the right track.
If you haven't already signed the abolition referendum petition, I urge you to do so -