Monday, February 05, 2007
With the White Paper on House of Lords' reform due out next week the papers are full of speculation/leaks about the proposals. The one thing no one mentions is the name. Surely, the idea that the nation is divided into two great estates, Nobility and Commoners, is an affront to the very concept of democratic citizenship. A programme of Parliamentary reform should rename both. After all, have New Labour forgotten that they are supposed to be 'modern'?