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House of Lords, Ye or Nae??

Post by White G » 05 Aug 2020, 14:50

Interesting article below from a socialist journalist. I just don't understand the House of Lords and think it's a sad affair that sums up what's wrong with the UK. What do you all think?? A waste of taxpayers money for me, as well as being a relic from a bygone age which needs to be put in the past:

"Boris Johnson and the Tories have stuffed 36 new cronies into the unelected House of Lords, bringing it to 830 members, which is 180 more than the elected House of Commons, and which makes it the second largest legislative body in the world, second only to China's (elected) National People's Congress.

Aside from handing lifetime membership to a load of Tory cronies and his own brother, Johnson also decided to hand an unelected position to Evgeny Lebedev, who is a Russian media mogul who inherited his vast wealth from his former-KGB father.

You only have to imagine the absolute furore had Jeremy Corbyn elevated such a controversial figure into the unelected House of Lords.

They photoshopped a Russian hat onto him and superimposed his image onto the Kremlin when he suggested the UK respect international law and follow the OPCW protocol in regards to the Salisbury poisonings, so they would have had an absolute field day with their "Russian stooge" insinuations had he elevated a controversial figure like Lebedev to an unelected lifetime position in the UK's upper legislature.

But predictably Johnson was allowed to get away with it, with the appointment of Lebedev meriting literally half a sentence in paragraph 15 of the BBC's report on Johnson's Lords appointments!

No accusations of Russian stoogery; no attempt to link this controversial appointment with the recent story of the Russia Report into Russian interference in British politics; no mention of the £3.5 million+ in dodgy Russian cash that has been poured into Tory party coffers; no mention of the fact that Lebedev was the one who appointed former Tory Chancellor George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard ...

As usual the Tories get a total free pass on an issue the BBC would have been absolutely eviscerating Corbyn and Labour for had they done it.

Another of Johnson's appointments was the Brexit Party figure Claire Fox, who famously defended the IRA bombing of Warrington in 1993, and has consistently refused to apologise for it ever since.

Just imagine the uproar had Corbyn appointed an unapologetic supporter of deadly IRA terrorist attacks to the unelected House of Lords?

But the Claire Fox appointment was given literally no mention at all in the BBC article detailing the appointments!

The fact the Tories can just stuff another 36 unelected cronies into the House of Lords (including a dodgy Russian billionaire, a load of Brextremists, an unapologetic supporter of IRA terrorism, and even the Prime Minister's own brother) is in indicator that our political system is absolutely rotten to the core.

And the outright refusal of corporate media and the BBC to hold the Tories to anything like the same level of critical scrutiny as they would have for Corbyn, just goes to show how hyper-partisan and catastrophically unfit for purpose most of our media landscape has become too."

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Re: House of Lords, Ye or Nae??

Post by bristleposh » 05 Aug 2020, 15:42

Wonderful insights into the Lords, I’m sure Labour under Brown and Blair did nothing of the sort and only selected true Blue Tories To the House, what is your obsession with a back bench Labour MP who is a nobody who if you recall was in favour of brexit.
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Re: House of Lords, Ye or Nae??

Post by White G » 05 Aug 2020, 22:15

bristleposh wrote:
05 Aug 2020, 15:42
Wonderful insights into the Lords, I’m sure Labour under Brown and Blair did nothing of the sort and only selected true Blue Tories To the House, what is your obsession with a back bench Labour MP who is a nobody who if you recall was in favour of brexit.
I didn't write the article Bristle, I said this in my initial post!

The question was whether you're in favour of the House of Lords.

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Re: House of Lords, Ye or Nae??

Post by bristleposh » 05 Aug 2020, 22:39

It has for the most parts served to keep the other house on the straight and narrow.
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