Unelected, expensive, out-of-touch, and a prepencity to go against democracy. It is of course, the House of Lords.
Most of the time, when they bother turning up to the chamber to collect their daily rate of £300, they mumble on rather ineffectually and sleep.
They spend a lot of time asleep.
@UKHouseofLords The house of sleep. I can see why a handful of Lords trying to wreck Brexit have so much influence in the debate. The rest are asleep, only wake up when there is a vote. Why we are paying £300/day.https://t.co/DbT2nusZ0e https://t.co/naoU28PZq1
— as (@sksanglia) 20 April 2018
The House of Lords, one of the few places you can turn up pissed as a fart and fall asleep all day on full pay.. pic.twitter.com/xiE5YfvvE8
— ALIPALLY10000 (@ALIPALLY1000) 4 October 2014
When the members are asleep they do what they do best – not a lot. And we like it that way; the job of a lord is to do very little. They’re unelected, most of them are there because of family ties, and more still have no idea what’s going on – hence the sleepiness.
But this week the unelected second chamber, packed full of remainers, decided to go against the people’s decision in June 2016.
Critics of Brexit will scream that this is exactly the job of the Lords, to cause trouble and make the government re-think when it’s miscalculated something. Now in most situations, this is a farce; the Lords has a remarkably low turnout in almost all meetings, it seldom challenges the government on anything and spends most of the time discussing legislation. And sleeping.
As I watched them on tv, before the result of the vote. I thought “What the hell?Look at them, these are the people who usually fall asleep during sessions in House Of Lords. May should override them. They are of no importance to the British Public. https://t.co/hvCXR4OZlQ
— Derry #IamTommy (@derry3) 19 April 2018
And when they do do something useful, this is excellent, however challenging government legislation, wording, amendments, proposals etc is one thing, going against the people is quite another.
The in/out referendum was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were told that the result would be binding and that the government would get the job done as swiftly as possible.
Two years ago that mandate was handed to the government: 17.4 million voted out in what was the largest exercise of democracy this nation has ever had.
What the Lords have shown this week is a terrible miscalculation. Most people neither know or care who a Lord is, what they do, why they do it. But now, the attention of more and more angry democrats is being focused on this archaic institution.
60,000 have signed a petition calling for its abolition; 180,000 have signed up to a prominent anti-Lords facebook page (which had 30,000 members on Monday), ‘The Lords’ has been googled over 200,000 times in two days, and call-in shows and podcasts are allowing the public to vent on a subject which would have been inconceivable less than a week ago.
The last time an unelected institution became the focus of national attention, we booted it out. The Lords should be aware of this, and go back to doing what they do best: very little.