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Indispensable revising chamber or a study in farce? Sometimes the Lords is both

Our anonymous red bencher reflects on a period when everything and nothing is changing in the Upper House

By Red Bencher  

The unelected Chamber has been electrified by the prospect of an election of its own. The Lord Speaker, Norman Fowler, shocked the Lords by announcing his decision to stand down ahead of schedule. “I am only 83 and, unless I am careful, I will not have time to start my next career,” he told peers. The former Tory health secretary has been a hugely popular holder of the relatively powerless role, perceived as behaving as completely apolitically as the job requires.

But the gossip is of a political stitch-up over his successor. It seems that there has been…

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