One solution would be to replace the suspensory veto by a referendum. If the Lords and the Commons could not reach agreement on the final form of a bill, there would be a referendum to choose between the two versions. Both Houses would then be under pressure to be reasonable, since the more reasonable version would have the better chance of winning a majority among the electorate as a whole.
People would be faced with a simple choice between supporting the government that had been elected and accepting the second thoughts of a body that, not being elected, was free of powerful whips, and, as you say (leading article, 6 November), often possessed of more expertise and experience than the House of Commons.
J. R. LUCAS
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