UK losing it: Cameron swells House of Lords to an insane 826

UK losing it: Cameron swells House of Lords to an insane 826
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[Ed. – And the frontrunner for the next Labour leader hangs with flaming anti-Semites — a kind of development not seen in the UK for nearly 200 years.  Signs point to the center not holding so much across the Pond.]

Britain’s upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, has increased in size once again after the Prime Minister appointed another raft of “cronies” to it. David Cameron was accused of packing the House after he appointed 45 new peers in one go, including 26 former Conservative ministers and aides.

Historically Peerages (i.e. seats in the House of Lords) were created very rarely because they were passed down from father to son. …

In 1958 the Life Peerages Act reformed the Lords by allowing HM The Queen to appoint peers for life, meaning the seat was not inherited by the holders eldest child (and instead died with them). In theory this gives the government, and therefore the Prime Minister the power to appoint his supporters without worrying that the Lords will be swollen in size forever. …

The people being appointed are also from a narrow cross section of the country, namely the political class. …

There were 11 seats for the Liberal Democrat Party, despite them winning just eight seats in the House of Commons at the last election. This means they have 101 members of the House of Lords, vastly out of proportion with the number of people who actually vote for them. …

The big loser this week was the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), who got nearly four million votes at the election but only won one House of Commons seat.

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