Jo Swinson in the Lords? Let’s abolish the lot of them

Plans to plonk the defeated Lib Dem leader in the upper house reveal its anti-democratic nature.


Topics Brexit Politics

There are reports that Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrats’ former leader, could be parachuted into the House of Lords. If anything captures the rotten and ridiculous nature of this most anti-democratic of retirement homes, it is this – the potential perpetuation of Jo Swinson’s political career, even after a humiliating defeat.

Swinson lost her East Dunbartonshire seat – and with it, the Lib Dem leadership – in last week’s General Election. After campaigning to revoke Article 50 and overturn Brexit, she proved about as popular as her party. The Lib Dems won just 11 seats out of 650, on 11.6 per cent of the vote. Yet despite being roundly rejected by the electorate, it seems that she could still wield power.

Acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has already said he wants her ‘back in parliament as soon as possible’. Which will happen if the Lib Dems nominate her to become a Baroness in the Dissolution Honours list.

And if they do, we would have a situation in which we, as voters, have chosen to take power away from Swinson and all that she and her party represents, only for that power to be given back to her by our political class. She would then be able to sit in the Lords, alongside hundreds of other unelected appointees, hereditary peers and even 26 bishops. And there she would be able to check, amend and even block the will of directly elected MPs.

As we argued in spiked’s programme for radical democratic reform, it’s time to abolish the House of Lords. We need to rid ourselves of what Thomas Paine called the ‘remains of aristocratic tyranny’, and what today has become the tyranny of has-been politicians. Read our full programme here.

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Dan L

17th December 2019 at 7:58 pm

Jo Swinson should never be allowed to forget that she attempted to destroy democracy in the UK. First with her plot for a second referendum and then with her revoke policy. She has demonstrated that she has no problem at all completely subverting, undermining and irrevocably harming democracy, and if she should ever run for election again should not be allowed to forget it. She must be hounded out into the wilderness in my opinion and never let anywhere near the levers of power ever again. Also I would like to see the complete demolition of the LIb Dems anyway for what they have done.

Marvin Jones

22nd December 2019 at 3:59 pm

Only in a country so stupidly sentimental like this, can some ignorant anti-democratic betrayer of the majority be granted the chance to bleed this country dry and return to this house of the dead to carry on with her treachery.

Hugo van der Meer

17th December 2019 at 3:48 pm

They are, of course, the same self serving miscreants as those smug unelected career bureaucrats lounging about in Brussels. Not to mention the shmuck barrow boy Sugar nicking tax payers hard earned gelt.

Ken Dodds Dads Dogs Dead.

19th December 2019 at 4:52 pm

Certainly agree with the sentiment. House of Frauds more apt.

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