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  1. Au contraire. Most countries with bicameral legislatures select the upper house on a completely different basis from the lower. Jason is writing from the Irish experience where the Senate is a relatively powerless body which functions largely as a resting place for party hacks unable to sit in the lower house, and vicariously wishing that the British reform should not go the same route.

    He is right. I have written at length about the problems of an elected Lords here, with Irish comparisons here and comments on a recent publication here (also a few more links here).

    Even if you for some reason support a directly elected upper chamber, the government’s current proposals for non-renewable 15-year terms and retaining a dozen bishops are surely rather poor!

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