Bishops set to maintain anti-democratic seats (UK)


By James Clark Ross

If you’d like a brief overview on the goings-on on this topic before you can establish your own opinion, check out this handy Q&A from BBC News:

BBC’s Q&A: House of Lords reform

Here we are in Great Britain, in the 21st century, and still politicians are doing their utmost to ensure we can’t attain a fair, democratic system.

The reformation of the House of Lords is underway, as promised in 2010. Though this attempted overhaul is a step in the right direction with regards to democracy (the proposal is for House of Lords seats to be predominantly elected by the people and hereditary seats to discontinue), the bishops will – for some unknown reason – retain their automatic seats. These seats are gifted to them by politicians who are scared of upsetting establishments that should be separated from the state anyway.

To quote the article (top), in the past “elected peers have failed to create enough enthusiasm to come to fruition”. But to me, this says that the people in our country are oblivious to the situation and the Government has failed to inform them. We were indeed asked of our opinion on an elected House of Lords (albeit not before 2010), but what was unfortunately lacking was an inquiry into why Bishops deserve a powerful political seat in the first place, regardless of their political awareness and social conscious. It’s great that 80% of the house will potentially be elected (there’s a strong case for it to be 100%), but why should appointed Lords necessarily be Bishops? Here are our views: YouGov poll on UK constitutional changes.

Lo and behold, we want to elect our Parliament.

Personally, it completely mystifies me and I can’t help but feel a sense of resentment rise inside me. For starters, the whole reformation should be decided by the public and only authorised by Parliament in the form of a referendum, as opposed to decisions being limited to politicians alone. There does, however, seem to be a rush to approve the legislation for political reasons and a separate worry that it might undermine the House of Commons – but surely we can iron out these minor kinks?

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