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This broken House of Lords doesn’t need reform. It needs scrapping

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31.05.2019

Imagine this for a gig. You get paid £50,000 for doing no discernible work, occasionally get to wear some funky looking scarlet and ermine robes, prance around one of the world’s most iconic buildings, and even have subsidised meals thrown into the bargain. This is lifestyle that David Brookman, a Labour peer in the House of Lords, might recognise, according to a Guardian investigation. You, as a taxpayer, forked out the equivalent of two nurses’ salary last year in attendance and travel expenses for Baron Brookman of Ebbw Vale, who in a 12-month period didn’t participate in a single debate or submit any written questions. Still, who needs nurses?

One in nine peers, in a full year between 2017 and 2018, hdid not participate in any House of Lords business (defined as speaking in a debate, holding a government post or participating in a committee), and 46 didn’t even vote: yet one of these still claimed a cool £25,000. (Lord Brookman did at least vote regularly.) You don’t have to be possessed by the ghost of Madame Guillotine to consider this a little provocative, not least in a society where the state has imposed a real terms pay cut........

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