Paid Labour calls for expulsion of unpaid Lords

March 31, 2014

According to The Telegraph:

The last hereditary peers would face expulsion under Labour plans to reform the House of Lords.

All hereditary peerages would be abolished and no more should be created, the report adds.

However, some hereditary peers could return to the House of Lords as life peers if they are judged to be of “exceptional value”, it is understood.

The use of ceremonial robes in the Lords should also be banned, the peers say.

Mr [Sadiq] Khan said: “Labour remains committed to reforming the House of Lords to make it a democratic chamber fit for the twenty-first century…”

To read the entire article in The Telegraph, please click here. Editorial Comment:—

“A democratic chamber fit for the twenty-first century….”

This statement reveals egalitarianism’s ugly grimace. It insinuates that aristocracy is not a legitimate and acceptable form of government. And this, simply because  it is not elected. The statement  thus insinuates that only representative democracy is just and legitimate, though this is a condemned proposition. Condemned  in Notre Charge Apostolique by Pope St. Pius X. The Church teaches that there are three legitimate forms of government: monarchy, aristocracy and democracy.  St. Thomas Aquinas goes further, and says that a tempered monarchy is the best form of political government, by which he means a monarchy that incorporates to it in the government of the nation elements of aristocracy and democracy.

But what is best for the common good of society is not the determining criteria for egalitarians though.  They uphold egalitarianism as a metaphysical principle that should inform all society and the universe. It is their dogma. It is the sole cornerstone of their philosophy and weltanschauung . Nothing else matters.

Those on the Right during the late 1990s who believed that the Left’s insatiable egalitarian appetite would be satisfied if the United Kingdom compromised and made a deal, drastically scaling back the number of hereditary peers allowed to sit in the House of Lords to 92, are proven wrong.

The Lords chamber is packed with guests listening to the Queen's Speech. Photo by UK Parliament

The Lords chamber is packed with guests listening to the Queen’s Speech. Photo by UK Parliament


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