Apparently Labour’s about to announce it wants to scrap the house of lords and have a wholly elected second house. Yes, I know it looks like death-bed radicalism but I believe in the Lydgate principle: keep your eye on the main prize and take the niggles in your stride.

Anyway, the point of this post is to draw your attention to an email campaign by power2010, a campaign to empower ordinary voters, to ask the twenty six bishops in the Lords to sign their own death warrants and support an elected second house. They’re Church of England, of course they’ll do the decent thing.

It’s a very simple process. Just click on the link here, then click on the Participate bar and you’re away. So far each bishop has had more than 52 000 emails. Was democracy ever made easier?


George ELIOT Middlemarch chapter 17: Tertius Lydgate endorsing a view of Voltaire on achieving a desideratum, “I look for the man who will bring the arsenic and don’t mind about his incantations.”