Motion to Take Note (2nd Day)
Draft House of Lords Reform Bill
Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon (Liberal Democrat)
My Lords, I knew that an intervention would be popular.
Can the noble Lord address the central question? Can he explain why it is that this Chamber cannot follow the same principle as the vast majority of second Chambers elsewhere in the world, which is by being democratically based? Is it because our democracy is so weak? Is it because we are totally unique in the world? Or is it because the House of Lords is, as it always has been, opposed to democratic reform?