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« on: 15/05/2009 04:08:50 »
I was reading about Lord Galbraith, who, as most probably do not know, is the leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Lords.  The House of Lords is one of two Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.  Somewhat recently he talked about whether or not the reforms of the House has been for the better.   I seem to know very little about the House of Lords and whether or not it operates the same as it did a century or two ago.  Are most people in the House of Lords appointed or elected?



 

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« Reply #1 on: 15/05/2009 15:52:09 »
They are appointed though it is mostly by patronage of the political party in government now rather than by inheritance of a title as it once was.

It is still in need of considerable reform, however. Although it may seem an undemocratic institution at first sight, it definitely has value in having people with expertise in specific disciplines. It can delay (send back to the first house) and amend bills for any number of reasons. In recent times it has acted as a bastion of common sense against a tide of ill-though out legislation.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 15/05/2009 17:30:26 »
It seems to me that in general, the members of the House of Lords are more independently minded than the party sheep who occupy the House of Commons.  It is because of this that I think that the House of Lords performs a vital function in curtailing the excesses of the House of Commons, who clearly seem to see themselves as rulers and not servants.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 15/05/2009 18:10:28 »
Bring back Guy Fawkes, we need you!!!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 15/05/2009 19:37:22 »
What title has more pull in England, "Lord" or "Doctor"?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 15/05/2009 21:10:20 »
Probably Lord because of its rarity value
 

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« Reply #6 on: 16/05/2009 01:46:19 »
Doctors are everywhere!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/05/2009 03:06:20 »
Doctors are everywhere!

Sayeth the very well educated southern hemisphereian.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 16/05/2009 04:02:37 »
I am that I am.
 

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