I sit here again, cradling my head in my hands and wondering what foul misdeeds I committed in a former life to deserve the hell that I am living in today:
Plans to abolish the House of Lords and replace it with a 300-strong, wholly elected second chamber are to be unveiled by ministers in a key political move ahead of the general election.
There really seems to be no end to the destruction of British life that this government wishes to inflict upon us. Not content with deliberately opening the floodgates of immigration in a cynical move to obtain more client voters; not content with destroying the economy through a combination of box-ticking regulation and complete mismanagement; not content with crippling us by pouring every penny of our taxes, our children’s taxes, our grandchildren’s taxes and our great-grandchildren’s taxes into a swathe of grandiose but useless projects and leaving nothing for real needs and most definitely not content with handing over the sovereignty of our country to the EU, Labour has decided that it now needs to gut the recalcitrant Lords because too many of them are still not solely motivated by greed and personal gain.
It should, of course, come as no surprise that the slipperiest of slippery weasels is responsible for this looming indignity:
Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, is this weekend consulting cabinet colleagues on a blueprint which would represent the biggest change to the way Britain is governed for several decades.
The proposals, which have been leaked to The Sunday Telegraph and which are expected to be announced soon, would sweep away centuries of tradition and set ministers on a collision course with the current 704-member House of Lords, which is resolutely opposed to having elected members.
Shamefully, there isn’t even the dignity of genuine progressive motivation behind this awful charade:
Ministers are ready to announce their plans, which follow years of fruitless cross-party discussions and several votes in the House of Commons, in a bid to wrong-foot the Tories with polling day less than two months away.
Labour’s plan is to provoke elements inside the Conservative Party to object to the reforms – which would allow it to paint David Cameron as wedded to old ideas of privilege.
It’s really shameful that people are so uninterested in the running of the country that blood is not running in the streets about this. And it’s easy to see that there is no genuine motivation behind this: the timing. Labour has had more than a decade to address electoral reform. Indeed, the toothy grinner had a despicable stab at it by removing hereditary peerages. At the desperate fag end of this shameful chapter of British history, the useless flunking cyst that occupies the Prime Ministerial seat is reduced to such shameful antics in a desperate attempt to find a “dividing line” between his political party and that of his opposition.
Is this truly what politics has come to in this country?