Thursday, March 20, 2008
A Surfeit Of Senators
The United States has a population of 301,139,947. They send 100 senators to Washington.
The United Kingdom has a population of 60,776,238. Yet Jack Straw reckons we will need 350-400 elected senators to replace the medieval cronyist retirement home that is the House of Lords.
Because Straw's plan is nothing whatsoever to do with what we want or need. It's about secret discussions to stitch up a cross-party deal whereby patronage can be preserved. Each Senate constituency will be multi-member, with places dished out from party lists: he who controls the list, controls most else besides.
The House of Lords costs us £100m pa (see this blog for details).