Letter: Blair `climbdown'?

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Sir: The arcane "Ruritanian" titles of the Lords should indeed be dropped in the reform process (letter, 3 December).

If the Cranborne plan succeeds, Continuing Hereditary Upper-House MPs would be Chumps. Their former colleagues, being disenfranchised upper- house MPs, would of course be Dumps. Life-peers would be Lumps. Blair's appointees would be Bumps.

If Cranborne's deal fails, every member of the reformed upper house would simply be a Rump.

TOM SAUL

London SE26

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