Lord Kyriakides?

I have always fancied a title. Perhaps I can put my name forward to Mr Johnson. It seems that the House of Lords is very biased towards staying in the European Union and Mr Johnson may need to create 500 or so new life peers who support Brexit in order to get Brexit over the line.

Now I am a democratic and am in favour of the abolition of the House of Lords but as it is there and could stand in the way of Brexit I am prepared to do my democratic duty and become a life peer, if Mr Johnson can put my name forward to the Queen.

It would tick all the diversity boxes imaginable – there are no peers of Greek Cypriot/Czechoslovak origin at all. This is a vastly under represented ethnicity in this county.

It’s about time we had a peer of Greek Cypriot/Czechoslovak origin.

I promise to attend the House of Lords purely to vote and debate Brexit. I would not draw any fees or emoluments – it would cost the country nothing, not even fares because I could use my bus pass to get to and from Westminster. Once Brexit was resolved I would resign my title and never attend the Lords again.

So, Prime Minister, may I have a title?

The Fat House of Lords

The House of Lords is, as the political commentators are keen to point out, the second largest legislative chamber in the world. The largest is in China, a nation of 1.4 billion people, compared with the 64 billion people of the United Kingdom.
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Nice Work If You Can Get it

The latest scandal affecting the House of Lords is nothing unusual nor is it in itself a reason to change the constitutional arrangements to reform this appointed un-elected body of cronies of elected politicians. There are plenty of scandals that affect elected chambers; humans are weak frail and full of hubris so it is not surprising when scandals emerge. The reason to abolish the House of Lords is that it is simply undemocratic.  Continue reading

Democracy Day

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House of Lords: help yourself to the Pottage

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Corrupt Politicians

Politics always brings us scandals; despite the press attention to corruption in the UK, politicians cannot seem to learn that if use their memberships of the House of Commons or of the House of Lords to feather their nests, they are likely to be caught, exposed and disgraced. The simpler course of action is to imitate the behaviour of Tony Blair. In office he was “Teflon Tony” – no dirt ever seemed to stick to him. Once out of office he has used the connections and fame he acquired as a result of being a politician to amass a sizeable fortune They is, of course, no hint of corruption if you use the information and contacts you obtained during office bestowed democratically, after your period in office has ended. It is as good a way to amass a fortune as any, but nevertheless leaves a bitter taste in the mouth for those that watch.

Democracy In the United Kingdom

TheUnited Kingdomtraditionally holds elections and referenda on Thursdays, and I have managed to vote in everyUKelection since I reached the age of 18. I voted in the Alternative Vote Referendum. I live inLondonand there were no local elections inLondonon Thursday, just the referendum, but the rest of the country had to vote in local elections as well as the referendum about alternative voting. Continue reading