The hereditary peers must go because a place in the legisla- ture based on birthright is no longer acceptable.
That today is a time for reform should not blind us from the fact that over a great many yesterdays hereditary peers and their ancestors have given time, effort and expertise to the legislative process.
Surely humanity demands that they be dismissed with a "thank-you" rather than a "get out. You're fired".
Selection over election, whether it be onto a party list, or onto a reformed upper house, may not produce such fighters.