The story that broke today courtesy of The Times has been widely discussed on the MSM and in the blogosphere. First of all I would like to compliment the Times for this all too rare show of investigative journalism, more please...
There are a legion of things wrong with the grotesque spectacle of 4 peers willing to take money to change legislation, but primarily it is the confirmation (not that I need it) that our democracy is broken, dead. In your best Monty Python voice now:
'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This democracy is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!!My intervention on this is simple - charge, arrest, detain without bail, prosecute and send them to jail for a very long time. This is worse than any property crime, these criminals have shown a breathtaking contempt for those whom they serve and are paid to represent - as a foil to the first chamber, the House of Lords works only if we are confident in the impartiality of it's members, this parcel of rogues have single handedly undermined all of that. I guess you could say they've had their chance at Community Service, with ermine trimmed robes rather than hi-vis vests, and proved they can't do it - so, as with any other offender, go straight to a custodial sentence.
THIS IS AN EX-DEMOCRACY!!
We should all now doubt every single bit of legislation that has passed through the Lords - the scrutiny of rogues and liars is worthless and undermines any vestiges of belief in British democracy I cling on to.
It's not as if it's the first time we have seen allegations of this type of behaviour, and it won't be the last. So just accept, if you can get over your brain atrophying diet of celebrity lives and reality TV, this country is fucked.
Can you believe we criticise China and Zimbabwe?