House of Lords Reform

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of Kenneth Clarke Kenneth Clarke Chair, Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee) 12:31 pm, 7th February 2007

May I congratulate the Leader of the House on having the courage to take up the subject again and giving the House the opportunity of resolving the matter at last? However, will he ensure that the Government do not pull the plug on the whole exercise again if a majority, on a free vote, votes for some detail of which the Prime Minister or the Government do not approve? Does he accept that we need to resolve the matter in this Parliament if possible? Does he also accept that, in any other European democracy, it would be regarded as absurd that a substantial number of legislators in the upper House of a Parliament were there through appointment by the Prime Minister, appointment by political parties, sale by political parties or anybody else, or appointment by an establishment quango secretly discussing who is suitable? Does he agree that the British are ready for more democracy in their political system?


Penelope Giles
Posted on 8 Feb 2007 4:22 pm (Report this annotation)

The British are long over due for some democracy.

The UK used to be democratic but now it is more of a dictatorship. We no longer have a voice and when we are allowed to comment we are ignored!

How can the UK be a democracy when our laws are made by an undemocratic and unelected body in the EU?

Britain is fed up of all the lies and spin. Please let us have our democracy back.. Pull out of the EU!