Monday, October 26, 2009

What Britain needs: a Senate like Canada's

Thomas Bingham, delivering a prestigious lecture in Britain last week, pondered how to replace the House of Lords with something truly useful. His proposal: it should be appointive and advisory, principally a chamber for expert review and sober second thought, able to block the will of the Commons only in narrowly specified circumstances.

Pretty much what the Canadian confederation-makers proposed in the 1860s.
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