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A brief lesson in the absurdity—and value—of the upper House

In the first of a new series, our anonymous red bencher reflects on questionable appointments, rubber stamps—and when the chamber really can make a difference

By Red Bencher  

Clad in a magnificent embroidered tabard, the portly figure of Garter King of Arms has been working overtime in Westminster recently, introducing new peers in accordance with ceremonial tradition. Processions of the Prime Minister’s friends, family and financiers have donned the ermine robes and taken their seats in the Lords for the first time. They are able to do that with ease at the moment, since most of their lordships are obeying instructions to stay away from the chamber. Just wait, though, until Covid is under control and they all come rushing back. Then the scramble to find a…

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