No argument from me on that score.I favour an Upper House split 50:50 between elected and appointed. You can only be appointed if you have performed some sort of distinguished service for the UK and/or are an expert in your field endeavour.
50 elected - 50 appointed - 100 in total.
Although I see a slight flaw in the plan
Might struggle to get 50 Ex MP's electedIf you are a former MP, you can stand for election.