The House of Lords

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  • The House of Lords
    • Number of attempts to reform,all of which failed – Conservatives removed support in 2012
    • Techinicratic
    • The Commons has  “financial privilege”
      • But in reality it’s the govenrmnt
      • Because they are the elected house and are therefore in-charge of taxpayers money.
    • Un-elected
      • The existence of hereditary peers makes it undemocratic as they are simply ascribed power through bloodline 
      • This means they are not representative
      • Mostly just old white men which also makes them more un-representative
    • Apointed House by the Prime Minsiter
    • Sailsbury convention
      • But this is null and void as the current coalition doesn't have a single manifesto
      • Instead has an agreement which makes this convention somewhat defunct
      • The lords is not supposed to block any polices stated on a parties manifesto
    • Power of veto
      • This is because the government has “financial privilege”
      • Which allows hem to force amendments in laws – apart from on financial matters (money bills) 
      •  Which basically means the Lords cannot have any say in financial matter (1911 Parliament act)
      • Delay bills passed by the Commons for up to 2 years
    • They have much higher quality of debates than the House of Commons
    • There is no salary for peers


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