The House of Lords Reform Bill has been published. Highlights: 1) The elected members will be selected by a system of Proportional Representation. The Bill makes explicit reference to a party list, so it is basically going to be a place to stick party hacks, with the fig leaf of democracy to make it look legitimate. 2) All of the ex-officio members at present (the functionaries of state - the Earl Marshall etc) will be removed. 3) There will be five Bishops with automatic entitlement to membership, and a further seven Bishop members. Amusingly the Church of England will elect its own members for this purpose (and of course the PM will still appoint the bishops). 4) There will be 'ordinary appointed members' decided by a commission, which is a continuation of the present system for selecting cross benchers. 5) However, crucially, the Prime Minister will still be able to appoint up to 8 'ministerial members'. This means a PM can appoint anybody they want in order that they may take up a ministerial role. 6) The Parliament Acts will still apply (i.e. the Commons will retain primacy). My conclusion is Clegg is full of shit, that this is another fudge just like Blair's 2001 reforms and the result will be a further degredation of the quality of legislation and governance.