Lords a strange ally in fight to mitigate Brexit fallout
THE thought occurs: would there have been a different reaction to that recent report on the implications of Brexit for Ireland, had it come from a UK Senate rather than the House of Lords?
One letter writer asked if this was the same House of Lords which blocked Irish home rule in 1914? Well, one knows the average age is a bit high, but hardly. Mostly, they are not even "real" lords any more; but another letter took issue with the idea of life peers, calling them "political hacks".
Another view is that life membership is the strangely-named body's best attribute, giving it some independence from government. Ireland may yet be glad of that independence when the final decisions on Brexit are being made.