Here’s why it’s time to abolish the House of Lords


In my column in the Scotsman this week I discuss why it’s high time we abolished the House of Lords.

I’m a supporter of a second chamber, whether in the UK or an independent Scotland. The ability to have a further review and considered input enhances democracy.

But planned appointments to the House of Lords, if true, are craven and shameful. An institution with almost zero democratic legitimacy is being treated as a tawdry bauble of office by Boris Johnson.

Ken Clarke’s arguably a worthy recipient, but Ruth Davidson, who’s gone from strenuous opposition to Johnson to his payroll, jettisoning her principles en route, most certainly isn’t.

You can read more at the Scotsman website here.