This reasoning seems to be perverse. Would it not be better to see the reform of the House of Lords in the context of the whole of Parliament, especially of the relationship between the two Houses?
Meanwhile, it is clear that government intends to remove hereditary peers' right to sit. I hope you will encourage Mr Blair only to do so if he substitutes for them an alternative that is at least as independent.
As for the present House, I hope it will continue to exercise its independent judgement in monitoring the great power of this government without being intimidated by threats of reform or abolition. You, however grudgingly, I am glad to find, admit we are not doing a bad job.
Leader of the Opposition
House of Lords