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Archive for March 8th, 2007

Changing the House of Lords

Posted by Ryan on March 8, 2007

The British House of Commons has pushed through a measure looking for 100% of the upper, hereditary/cronyistic House of Lords to be an elected body.  The House of Lords was formed in the 14th century and was once more powerful than the House of Commons. Only in the last century has it lost nearly all of its power.  It also acts as a kind of Supreme Court over there in Britain, but recently that has been stripped (though the law has not been enforced).

Britain with a bicameral legislature like America?   There are some unique problems that the BBC article brings up about this:  the Lords are likely to vote it down, if they voted for it a host of issues arise about representation and powers, and the throwing away of such tradition and history is likely to bother some.  I think it’s a neat idea to be throwing around.  If the Lords are to have real stature in the 21st century, then they’ll have to earn it by being elected by the people.  In my opinion it’s one thing to hold on to a symbol like the Queen, but another to hold onto an entire political body appointed by heredity or political connections.

Pic from ElecttheLords.org.uk

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So Far, So Good

Posted by Ryan on March 8, 2007

An early assessment of insurgent activity around Baghdad over the last month shows an 80% decrease in the number of attacks.  These are the early stages of the new plan, as both General Petraeus and Secretary of State Gates note, but the early signs are good.  Every time some new tactic or event comes along, the attacks drop off until our enemies adjust.  I think they should have elections all the time in Iraq– every time they do the number of attacks go down!  I’m also in the camp that wants to see us win, so I’m cautiously taking this as good news.  I understand the insurgents will regroup and the Shi’ite militias are forming up again south of Baghdad, but they’re on the run this time, not us.

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