Comments: Bishops speak on Reform of the Lords

The Bishop of Winchester said: "I find it hard to think that there will be people prepared to stand for election for this kind of role when - much though we may regret it - the reputation and standing of elected politicians is so remarkably low."

...and the reputation and standing of unelected bishops is so remarkably high, then, My Lord Bishop?

Posted by Fr Mark at Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 10:12pm BST

The presence of English Bishops in the House of Lords is ridiculous and archaic, it is therefore entirely in keeping with the spirit of the place.

Posted by Jonathan Kirkpatrick at Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 10:38pm BST

At least elected politicians can be periodically removed from office by the electorate. Members of the Lords only leave by retirement ( bishops) or death. Even imprisonment for a serious offence does not result in their exclusion- although they can be suspended.

Posted by Simon Bravery at Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 11:30am BST
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