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Lording it

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One of the construction industry's few genuine friends in the House of Lords, civil engineer Will Howie, is in a cheerful mood over the proposed reforms of that body. Had the majority of hereditaries supported Labour, he suggests, the Tories would have done away with them years ago. With such insight I'm glad that he is not due for the cull of hereditaries, since he is an (unelected) life peer. Meanwhile what of Lord Callaghan, another unelected member of the second chamber who has just appointed the equally unelected Lord Rogers as architect for the new assembly building in Cardiff? As chairman of judges he liked putting searching questions to competitors, such as 'Do you have any Welsh aunties?'

Nepotism's a terrible thing , of course, as Lord C must ponder whenever he hears his (unelected) daughter's latest plans for Lords reform.

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