Originally Posted by thaddeus6th
In theory, hereditary peers are indefensible, but in practice it works rather well.
That's a subjective viewpoint, Thadd, and not shared by everybody. And what if they do something in the future that led you to think that it didn't work rather well
Democracy is not just about voting in an administration but also about removing one when things go wrong. Right now we have an unelected presence in government that we can't do anything about. Of course, as UM has pointed out, influential and rich people can do things about it - they can buy
themselves into the system. This is disgraceful and we should, as a nation, be thoroughly ashamed of it.
As for your point about 'balance of power in parliament' - that is only an issue because the upper house is unelected. When both houses are elected the balance of power is decided by the electorate and rightly so.