Letter: Let luck determine who sits in the Lords

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WE DON'T want political or economic monarchy, but British people are strongly attached to the concept of hereditary kingship. It should not be funded by taxation or independent wealth but popular subscription (as in early Anglo-Saxon times).

As for the House of Lords, its members should be selected by Ernie, the premium bonds computer. Those chosen would be paid and serve two years. They could not initiate legislation but could veto any from the Commons. This would ensure laws were written in plain English and acceptable to the country at large.

John Fletcher

Shepton Mallet, Somerset