- "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Index of book
- Preface of "Our Fight for Democracy"
- Book - Order Form
- Introduction - The Meaning of Democracy
- Roman Britain to Magna Carta - 1215
- Parliament to the Divine Right of Kings 1216 to 1603
- Monarchy to a Republic and back 1603-1685
- Bill of Rights to the American War of Independence - 1685 to 1780
- Pitt the Younger to Catholic Emancipation - 1780 to 1830
- The Great Reform Act and its aftermath - 1830 to 1860
- The Second Reform Act to the end of the Century 1860 to 1900
- The Twentieth Century - Votes for women at last - 1900 to 1928
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Elect the House of Lords
It is unacceptable in a democracy that a key part of the legislature is not elected. In 2007 the House of Commons passed a resolution calling for 80% of the House of Lords to be elected. Only then would it be able to claim independence from the House of Commons. Were this to happen there would be a real debate on what powers the House of Lords should have. These powers would have to spell out what would happen if, on occasion the two democratically elected Houses could not agree. On financial matters the House of Commons would remain supreme.
The people should directly elect the House of Lords.