One of Don’t Call Me Dave’s favourite blogs is Archbishop Cranmer. His Grace has posted an article today asking whether Peter Mandleson is preparing to become Prime Minister.
Don’t Call Me Dave finds it hard to believe that Lord Rumba of Rio would be willing to give up his Peerage to fight for a seat in the House of Commons. Even he must realise that Labour will get a damn good thrashing at the next election - and not the type that his Lordship prefers! Why would this vermin in ermine risk giving up his robes and the fancy title that goes with them?
As always with Labour, the devil is in the detail. We should check the small print of the Government’s proposals to see if Peers who renounce their Peerages can automatically reclaim them at a later date - perhaps after they have been thrown out of the Commons by a public sick to death of being treated as fools?
Or perhaps Labour will simply change the law so that Peers can stand for election to the Commons without renouncing their Peerage, thereby allowing Mandy to sit in both Houses at the same time? Sitting in two houses is a skill which many parliamentarians have already acquired through their profligate use of the expenses system.
Labour has previously shown its contemptuous disregard for our constitutional heritage, so we should not be surprised if they take a chain saw to it once again for the benefit of one of their own.