UK Liberty

Eight Lords a-blogging

Posted in politicians on liberty, state-citizen relationship by ukliberty on March 18, 2008

Lords of the Blog is a collaborative blog written by Members of the House of Lords for the purposes of public engagement.

The aim of the blog is to help educate, raise awareness and engage with the public on a range of issues relating to the role and business of the House of Lords.

The blog is authored by a group of Members from across the House. Each Member has their own profile and personal section of the blog. A ‘homepage’ provides an at-a-glance digest of the latest post from each Member.

Each Member will make a regular and short written entry providing an insight into the business of the House of Lords, and their own particular activity in and around the Lords Chamber.

And there are some interesting posts already, particularly a couple on voting system reform from Lord Tyler:

Since the whole purpose of the exercise is to try and make Parliament more accessible to the people we serve, this is clearly already a potential success.  As one of the other ways in which we must improve the relationship between citizens and their representatives is to look again at the voting system, I would like to encourage the many respondents who have asked about our debate last week to look at the Hansard report and the Government analysis of voting systems on which it was based.


Some of us spent a lengthy afternoon last Thursday debating the best way to get more people – and especially young people – interested in the way Parliament deals with their concerns, hopes and fears. We were examining the distorting effect of the current voting system, which tends to make people feel that they can’t affect the outcome of an election and it is a waste of time going to the poll. I notice that several of my fellow bloggers were there. We didn’t all agree, but at least we showed how anxious we are to give the citizens of this country a more effective say in the way in which it is run. Hopefully, MPs will be equally keen to improve the system. I wouldn’t bet on it, however, since some might lose their seats if the system was made fairer.


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