The Daily Mirror recently described the House of Lords as ‘an outdated, anarchic, unrepresentative institution we’d be lost without’. Adding to the Mirror’s list of faults is the controversy over the second chamber’s sheer size. Boris Johnson’s 36 new appointments in 2020 — according to the New Statesman, a list comprising ‘cronies, controversialists and cricketers’ — swelled the second chamber to more than eight times the size of its US counterpart, the Senate.
While even staunch critics of the Lords recognise that much good work is done there, the recent appointments brought the role, purpose and future of the UK’s unelected, unrepresentative and unaccountable second chamber into the political spotlight again.
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