Of course, we should not forget our history. It is important that democratic reform keeps those traditions and practices which work effectively, in order to maintain our own distinctive political culture. But how can a second chamber predominantly based on an accident of birth and through a male line of succession possibly take us into the 21st century? The time for aristocratic families to have fun at playing politics is past. Lord Cranborne's actions can only demonstrate to us that reform of the House of Lords is long overdue.
Director, Charter 88
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