Comments: Lords reform and the Bishops

Is it time to completely take bishops out of Lords?

Posted by ruidh at Saturday, 28 October 2006 at 7:03pm BST

I think if the headline had gone "Lords plan would keep bishops out of the Lords" the Church Times might have come closer to the general idea. It's rather worrying that they should think the alternative a possibility!

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Saturday, 28 October 2006 at 11:50pm BST

This 50% only elected idea is simply to build in a lack of legitimacy, instead of making a fully legitimate bicameral parliament. Bishops could stand for election like anyone else.

There are all sorts of ways of building in variations. You could elect for life or retirement, and that would force people to think about the kind of person who would be trusted for election so that they could indicate what speciality they have. It is possible for these to be constituency-less, or multi-member European size constituencies, so that a selection of worthies can be elected. But only in this apparent democratic country would the authorities think about appointing people.

Posted by Pluralist at Sunday, 29 October 2006 at 2:19pm GMT

The very thought of some of our bishops - Dunkin', for example, in the US Senate - makes my blood run cold! Not that there have not been a bunch of senators who, envisioned as bishops, would have the same effect. And of course some senators as bishops would reduce a sane person to helpless giggles.

Posted by Cynthia Gilliatt at Sunday, 29 October 2006 at 8:08pm GMT
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