LETTER: End of the peers?

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End of the peers?

Sir: Before we throw out all hereditary peers, should we not have a cull of geriatric peers, whether life or hereditary?

All those over 75, say, should be compulsorily retired. This would immediately reduce the number of members to a more manageable figure and improve the quality. At present the Government seems to be saying that even a 90-year- old life peer is more desirable than a 50-year-old hereditary peer, which is absurd.


Kedington, Suffolk