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Merits of an elected House of Lords

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17 August 2012

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From the Rt Revd Dr Peter Selby
Sir, - You repeat in your leader comment ( 10 August) the tired assertion that a Second Chamber with elected members would rival the Commons. This is a very patronising comment on an electorate well capable of taking account of the nature of the body it is electing, and is perfectly capable of choosing among candidates for a revising and scrutinising chamber, knowing that they are not choosing a government.

It is sad and indeed embarrassing that the Church of England comes out of this, for all its protestations to the contrary, looking for all the world like one of the many vested interests that have made an elected Second Chamber impossible to achieve. Some bishops have made notable contributions to Lords debates; it's a shame that they couldn't bring themselves to present a vision for election as the way our politics witnesses to the conviction of the equal worth of every person.

PETER SELBY
57 Girton Road
London SE26 5DJ

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