Leading article: A proper charlie

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A proper charlie

ADVOCATES OF constitutional reform may as well have been handed the 10th Earl of Hardwicke's head on a platter. A 27-year-old hereditary peer is allegedly caught selling cocaine in the House of Lords. Theoretically there for last week's anti-terrorism legislation, he said he wouldn't vote because he couldn't be bothered. His only role within the Conservative Party is as a member of two committees - film and motor scooters -though he rarely goes to meetings. He turns up twice a week at the Lords to collect his pounds 140-a-day attendance allowance. Three cheers for the stupid toff! And good riddance to the House of Lords...

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