Slim down the Lords

York Press: Slim down the Lords Slim down the Lords

I HAVE to agree with Nick Clegg’s statement about a complete overhaul of the House of Lords. A lot of the peers appearing to be doddering old fools.

When you see them on TV, half of them are asleep or not bothered by what is going on.

What is upsetting that if these peers register at the Lords they receive £300 in expenses, plus they are entitled to subsidised meals.

One Lord suggested this week that half of the House sign in and out just to get their daily allowance.

We have all been told to tighten our belts. Well, these people need to tighten theirs in a big way. Pensioners have had personal allowances stopped for the past two years; we have had to tighten our belts; we have lost about £1,000 in allowances, while the peers have lost nothing.

The House of Lords should be slimmed down. Just image the money that would save.

Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.

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12:17pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Zetkin says...

Never mind slimming it down; abolish it.
Never mind slimming it down; abolish it. Zetkin

1:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

ak7274 says...

I have very little time for the House of Lords, but when we see the morally corrupt Pigs with their snouts in the public trough, the majority of "fiddlers" seem to be elected through parliament and not heredity.
Abolish the lot and start again with an democratic system, meaning votes and not the whim of party leaders.
I have very little time for the House of Lords, but when we see the morally corrupt Pigs with their snouts in the public trough, the majority of "fiddlers" seem to be elected through parliament and not heredity. Abolish the lot and start again with an democratic system, meaning votes and not the whim of party leaders. ak7274

4:13pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Dr Robert says...

Lets not stop at the House of Lords, the whole setup needs a good shake, Nationally down to locally, why do we need a Lord Mayor these days and why does it require three councillors to do what one could do, austere times are here, the taxpayer cannot afford to carry dead wood.
Lets not stop at the House of Lords, the whole setup needs a good shake, Nationally down to locally, why do we need a Lord Mayor these days and why does it require three councillors to do what one could do, austere times are here, the taxpayer cannot afford to carry dead wood. Dr Robert

8:21am Sun 22 Dec 13

perplexed says...

Clegg's words are cheap, it is his actions which indicate his true intentions. Among his appointments to the Lords in 2013 were: ex-Somerset County Council leader Cathy Bakewell, ex-party spin doctor Olly Gender, Lib Dems’ Welsh President Christine Humphreys, party treasurer Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, former Clegg aide Alison Suttie, former MP Jeremy Purvis and two party donors, Ministry of Sound boss James Palumbo and entrepreneur Rumi Verjee.

A man of his Word?
Clegg's words are cheap, it is his actions which indicate his true intentions. Among his appointments to the Lords in 2013 were: ex-Somerset County Council leader Cathy Bakewell, ex-party spin doctor Olly Gender, Lib Dems’ Welsh President Christine Humphreys, party treasurer Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, former Clegg aide Alison Suttie, former MP Jeremy Purvis and two party donors, Ministry of Sound boss James Palumbo and entrepreneur Rumi Verjee. A man of his Word? perplexed

11:17am Sun 22 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

According to our part-time MEP Godfrey Bloom, there will a new addition to the house of Lords. He stated in a national paper yesterday that Nigel Farage is on his way to the Lords.Evidently Farage has always been a Tory at heart, just that he was always attracted to the more bigoted end of the spectrum.
Now he has cut a deal with Cameron that he will get a seat amonges the £300 a day parasites (for just showing your face) in return for ensuring that UKIP does not mount a challenge to the Tories in the key marginals.
Is this the end of the road for the kippers?
According to our part-time MEP Godfrey Bloom, there will a new addition to the house of Lords. He stated in a national paper yesterday that Nigel Farage is on his way to the Lords.Evidently Farage has always been a Tory at heart, just that he was always attracted to the more bigoted end of the spectrum. Now he has cut a deal with Cameron that he will get a seat amonges the £300 a day parasites (for just showing your face) in return for ensuring that UKIP does not mount a challenge to the Tories in the key marginals. Is this the end of the road for the kippers? Jonthan

7:34pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Pinza-C55 says...

Personally I would not only abolish the house of lords, I would abolish the royal family and the "honours system" and pull out of the EU.
This is only a pipe dream of course and will never happen because those who run this country have a vested interest in the status quo and will never allow it to happen.
Personally I would not only abolish the house of lords, I would abolish the royal family and the "honours system" and pull out of the EU. This is only a pipe dream of course and will never happen because those who run this country have a vested interest in the status quo and will never allow it to happen. Pinza-C55

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