Racism is systemic in England - it must be true 'cause the UN says so

Not all of them went, they kept 90 or so (not sure exact number).

92 (as per Senor Chang's post) - two of them are hereditary offices of state (the Earl Marshal and Lord Great Chamberlain) and the other 90 are voted upon by the members of the Lords.

Of those 90, only 15 are voted for by the whole house.

The other 75 are voted upon in ratios based upon the number of hereditaries by party affiliation at the time the hereditaries had the automatic right to sit in the Lords. This means that something like 40 are voted for by Conservative peers only and just under 30 by crossbenchers. Labour Lords can vote in the election of two Labour hereditaries and the Lib Dem peers get to vote for one elected hereditary.

In Benn/Stansgate's case, only the Labour peers would be able to vote, and only hereditaries wishing to take the Labour whip could stand. He was the only candidate. The question of what happens if a hereditary runs for election as (say) a Lib Dem and then changes their allegiance to another party, or moves to be a crossbench peer hasn't, as far as I'm aware, arisen. I think that the rules effectively shrug shoulders on that one, leaving the deserted party one elected hereditary peer down.

Since there were no other (Labour) hereditaries who wanted the vacancy, Stansgate. - as would happen with the sole candidate in a parliamentary seat - was deemed to be elected.

It's another instance of Blair making a start on reform and then chickening out spectacularly, enabling the complete dog's breakfast of a 2nd chamber which is far too big. The idea was that the 92 would be a relatively temporary measure until full reform of the 2nd chamber occurred. 20+ years on...
 
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I was unhappy when I was a teenager, but I didn't want change and I wasn't unhappy with the status quo (who were frequently in the charts at the time and who I thought were a great band).

As a teenager all I wanted was sex, beer and cash... Oh, and a motorbike.

A job took care of the cash and motorbike. Girlfriends were a bit harder to find... =-(
My apologies.
I should have said loud mouthed students who are into groupthink and need to grow up.
What was the bike btw.
 
My apologies.
I should have said loud mouthed students who are into groupthink and need to grow up.
What was the bike btw.
Second hand Honda 250 - cost me £30.00 IIRC. It didn't last long as the engine was f*cked. My dad arranged a bank loan for me and I was able to buy a new Kawasaki KE175... :cool:

Long term planning was to eventually own a MotoGuzz 850 Le Mans.

Then I got the girlfriend, who turned into a wife and family and the Guzzi never made it...
 

TamH70

MIA
Second hand Honda 250 - cost me £30.00 IIRC. It didn't last long as the engine was f*cked. My dad arranged a bank loan for me and I was able to buy a new Kawasaki KE175... :cool:

Long term planning was to eventually own a MotoGuzz 850 Le Mans.

Then I got the girlfriend, who turned into a wife and family and the Guzzi never made it...
I hope you at least called your first three kids, "Moto", "Guzzi", and "850"?
 
Host, someone who invites you into their home, offers food and drink and conversation.
Likely to take offence when you criticise the decor, the refreshments, the clothing, start moving the furniture about, insult his partner or abuse his children.
Well I just have to agree with you there...now where's my coat...Taxi!! I'll see you all later then...
 

riksavage

War Hero
I reckon you could open a vegetarian cafe in Islington called ‘Gulag’ and sell boiled grass soup at ten quid a pop. It would be rammed to the gunnels with RESIST, Stop the Labour Witch-hunt and Socialist Alliance soap dodgers praising the benefits of Soviet era cuisine.

Jackie Walker Wednesdays - two anti Semitic vegan cocktails for the price of one.
 
Second hand Honda 250 - cost me £30.00 IIRC. It didn't last long as the engine was f*cked. My dad arranged a bank loan for me and I was able to buy a new Kawasaki KE175... :cool:

Long term planning was to eventually own a MotoGuzz 850 Le Mans.

Then I got the girlfriend, who turned into a wife and family and the Guzzi never made it...
I am obviously biased and have never your wife but I only recently sold my 850 Lemon, got another Guzzi to replace it though.
 
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