Lordy! Lordy! Not for long. Yes – it was an historic day as the Commons voted to put paid to the bad old, bad old appointed Lords. Perhaps less of the historic and more of the hysteric. On a series of votes designed to find which proportion of appointed to elected Lords we will have in future – from fully appointed, through 20%, 50% 60% 80% to fully elected – we trooped through the lobbies.
To everyone’s shock – 100% elected got through – and with even a bigger majority than there was for 80% elected. The Lib Dem manifesto commitment was for a fully or predominantly elected House of Lords – so we are in a win / win on either of these. However – the shock was the 100% beating the 80%. And it is the result of shenanigans on behalf of some of those trying to distort the vote. Some who are wholly in favour of totally appointed Lords went through to support 100% elected in the hope that the Lords would be more likely to reject a 100% option than one of the lesser options. Lord knows what will happen now!