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It seems the ardent Brexit promoters now want to abolish the House of Lords[1].  I guess this is not an unexpected reaction to their vote in favour of remaining in the Customs Union[2].  Foolishness is rife within a vigorous but small section of the population.  We need to remember that it wasn’t that long ago that these people wanted to get rid of High Court judges and called them the “enemies of the people”.  Some are actively calling for a dictatorship to take over by exclaiming: politicians cannot be relied upon to implement the people’s will.

I have some sympathy with the call to: “Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords” but only if there was an immediate democratic replacement.  Personally, I think the idea of an elected Senate where senators represent the regions of the Country, is a good idea.  That would be progressive.  What I fear with the latest call form the Brexit fanatics is an abolition of the House of Lords with no replacement and thus an elimination of the balance of powers that is essential to a modern democracy.  Dismantling our British institutions at the same time as pandering to xenophobia is a dreadful mistake.  History tells us that moving in such a direction can have catastrophic outcomes.

If we add up what Brexit promoters have achieved since the 2016 referendum one word comes to mind: shambles.  Fiasco, mess, muddle and disaster are words that could do the job too.

In normal times, the loud shouts and cries from the fringes of politics would command only a passing glimpse.  Something has changed with the national media.   Banner headline are composed more to shock and entertain than to inform.  And they all jump on the same bandwagon with just a few variations of coverage.

When a noisy few run around insulting everyone who disagrees with them, the problem is self-evident.  The House of Lords does need reform but where were the Brexit advocates when this was last seriously debated.  In fact, many of them where on the side of defending privilege, traditions and ancient institutions.

The House of Lords should not be punished for applying common sense.  I only hope the House of Commons will apply similar common sense.

[1] https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209433

 

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43812360

 

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