Thursday, 2 June 2011
It's Time Dave Sorted This Out
Lord Taylor, a Birmingham born former barrister, was jailed for fraud this week. He lied under oath about his expenses and a jury decided he was guilty. Another Tory peer was found to be fiddling the taxpayer to the tune of £14,000 this week and will be sentenced shortly.
As a lass, in my naivety, I respected members of the House of Lords. They appeared as distant pillars of society who would do nothing but good for the masses. I felt safe in their hands because they silently conveyed they knew what was good for me before I did and passively I accepted their words as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
How some things change in a couple of decades. No longer is the Lords full of hereditary peers who consider it their duty to give some of their time to public service, but it's now overstuffed with not only the great and good but the not so good and the bad.
Life peerages are not technically an 'honour under the Crown' and cannot be withdrawn once granted, with the exception of treason covered in the Titles Deprivation Act (1917).
Surely it's long past time that new legislation was introduced to disrobe any life peer who has been found guilty of a criminal offence and given a jail term. I understand other titles can be removed by Royal consent and this would appear to be a reasonable deterrent.
It's time Dave sorted this out.