A fantastic recognition for a woman who has never stopped campaigning, in spite of severe pressure to keep her quiet.
Lets hope she gets to use her position to continue her work and not simply a way of keeping her quiet.
The Government are pressing ahead with the Lords reform to make it a more democratic body – but why? I don’t agree with having a body having legislative powers based on privelidge but another democratic elected body – really? Won’t this simple end up being an overspill from wanna be MP’s hailing from Eton or Oxbridge; Cameron and Clegg appear to be trying to make a fairer legislative system but fairer to whom.
The ‘new’ House of Lords should be filled in a similar fashion to jury system; a chamber full of average people, a cross section of society; if it is to be representative of the people then thats exactly what it should be, not just an avenue for individuals to progress in a self perpetuating industry.
Although I advocate for the abolition of the Lords, at least it’s a last line of defence when a government tries to bring in legislation that simply attacks the defenceless. The Tories are adamant they are going to revamp (destroy) the welfare state, and want to introduce a means test the benefits of young disabled people and cancer patients.
‘NAY’, said a Lord, ‘You heartless bastards’ said another – this is a dramatised account of what happened that may or may not resemble the truth.
Yes I agree that the rich and mighty should not have benefits that are meant to support those in need but lets put things in a priority order. Fucking tax the rich bastards – it’s not even a request to increase their taxation rate, just get them to pay the same amount as every other working man. Osborne has allowed companies who have moved their treasurey abroad to pay a reduced tax (5% I think) but how we will recoup that money is by stopping the benefits of someone who is a wheelchair.
What a wonderful world this is!
Apparantley there is to be a shake up of the House of Lords (HOL) due to it’s inequality to the democratic process:
The House of Lords should look at the issue of male primogeniture. Most people find it intolerable for a man to take precedence over a woman in our parliamentary system.
Yes, the antiquated hierachical system based on privelidge will become more equal, as long as you are a woman from a certain class of society. Britain has never been as democratic as it claims, as privelidge can outweigh the democratic mandate of any MP. Yes there has been instances where past Prime Ministers have threatened to swamp the HOL with newly appointed (paid for?) Lords of their own political persuasion, but Michael Foot was the last party leader to advocate the abolition of the Lords.
The House of Lords is something that should only remain in history books only.
What a coincidence, I look at teh news sight and read that the House of Lords are currently debating the planned Tory ‘shake up’ of the NHS. What a fucking joke, priviledge discussing reforms that favour the priviledge – not quite a balanced discussion. The NHS isn’t some scraps from the table of the wealthy, it was a system born from hindsight after the second world war, to prevent inequality in health issues (see previous post).
David Cameron thought he had the backing of the professionals, but they soon denounced his plans; do you trust those who work in the NHS on a daily basis, or those who only visit when there is an election.
The Tory Party state they are the party for the NHS, I state bollocks.