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To what extent would the coalition's proposals for House of Lords reform have been advantageous to British Democracy?

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´╗┐Christela Dewan To what extent would the coalition's proposals for House of Lords reform have been advantageous to British Democracy? The Coalition?s proposals for House of Lords reform was that the government wanted four-fifths of members of a reformed House of Lords to be elected. They would serve 15-year terms of office and could not run for re-election after their term ends. The peers were to represent a specific region of the United Kingdom and one-third of seats would be available for every 5 years. The coalition also wanted to nearly halve the number of peer?s form 826 to 450, while also change the name of the House of Lords but the idea was rejected. 12 of the remaining unelected peers were to be Church of England bishops and the rest were to be appointed with all the hereditary peers being removed. First of all, majority of the House of Lords being elected would boost the democracy and legitimacy of the House of Lords dramatically. ...read more.


A prime example of gridlock occurring currently would be in USA where government bills keeps on being rejected by the congress, so Obama is not able to pass most of his bills which means nothing is getting done. If this occurs in Britain, then the government won?t be effective and there will be very little progress. The election of four-fifth of the House of Lords means a definite vast improvement in the representation of the public, we could say that the Parliament truly represents the public. This will vastly improve the democracy in the UK which is a major plus point. But can we be really sure that the public really care about this? Over the years we have seen almost no concerns over the House of Lords democratic legitimacy and any concerns seen are by politicians. Representation is for the public, so if the public are not bothered by the lack of it, then what is the point of going through a whole lot of trouble to improve it? ...read more.


Too powerful government is not always a positive aspect as the government is not always right; an example would be the decision to go to war with Iraq despite the protest of millions. So the House of Lords need some power to keep In conclusion, it can be said that the Coalitions proposal of House of Lords reform is not of a strong advantage. While it does improve representation, give more independence to members of the House of Lords, give a wider representation and gives the House of Lords great democratic legitimacy. As mentioned above in my essay there will be a terrible loss of valuable experts, most likely result in a gridlock government meaning very little progress and ineffective government, it does not truly represent the members of the society and finally the public just appear to simply not care. Despite its major advantages, it brings major disadvantages along with it meaning that there is no great improvement for the British democracy and it can be believed that it is just a waste of time and effort for no real improvement. ...read more.

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