Saturday, 9 February 2013
Late last year, we were told that Cameron was going to create 100 new Coalition Peers. The ridicule for that seems to have stopped him, at least for the time being.
Although, now that I think about it, would those really have been Coalition Peers, members of both parties, "Conservative and Liberal Democrat" like the "Conservative and National Liberal", and before that the Conservative and Liberal Unionist", MPs of old? And like the "Conservative and Liberal Democrat" MPs of the near future?
Now, however, we learn that he does after all intend to create an additional 50, for whom no designation could be more appropriate. Their purpose will be to ensure the passage, so to speak, of the Marriage Bill for which he himself could not be bothered to turn up and vote.
Instead of this constitutional outrage, the Parliamentary Lobby lists 53 of what are therefore State-licensed print newspapers and magazines. Over a designated weekend, why not include in each of them a coupon to send back, nominating a potential Peer of the Realm?
In each case the two with the most nominations would go out, on another designated weekend, to a ballot of all readers by means of the inclusion of a ballot paper in each copy. Resulting in 53 new Peers.
Of course, this would only be possible because we already have, as we have had since time immemorial, a State-licensed press. The most diverse press in the world, based on that list. That list of State licensees.