Politics 2 August 2013 An open letter to the new Lib Dem peers Well done! Now abolish yourselves. Print HTML Dear Olly, Brian, Zahida et al Firstly, many congratulations to your elevation to the House of Lords as Lib Dem Peers. I have no doubt that this honour is a reflection of the days, months and years of public service you have given and you have been chosen because it is believed you will strengthen our legislature and make our country a better place to live. And now, on behalf of a grateful party, can I ask you to work tirelessly to remove yourself from the House. I know this is hard. You’re probably still flushed with delight at the news, wondering when you’re having the robe fitting and ordering new stationary. And I don’t blame you in any way for accepting the honour – I would certainly have done the same. But you are Lib Dem peers, tasked with delivering party policy, and party policy very clearly states that ‘We will reform the House of Lords and replace it with an elected second chamber ’. And that is what you must now fight to do. You are the enemy within. If you need some inspiration, you could do worse that spend 15 minutes listening to Lord Ashdown doing exactly that in the House – but in case you haven’t got time (those robes won’t fit themselves you know), here’s a handy extract. “I just ask my noble colleagues in this place, whether they find it acceptable, at a time when people are dying for democracy, that we should have in This Place, somewhere that fundamentally infringes the fundamental principles of a democratic state. Which is that the peoples laws are made by the peoples representatives”. We know the peers in the House of Lords do good work. But the best work they could do would be to abolish themselves and replace the structure with representatives chosen, not by patronage, but by votes. For what its worth – I’d vote for someone who delivered that. › Marketing is a dirty word in football, but it's just another way of giving fans what they want Photograph: Getty Images Richard Morris blogs at A View From Ham Common, which was named Best New Blog at the 2011 Lib Dem Conference Subscribe More Related articles There are sinister goings-on in the race to become the UN's next Secretary-General Ruth Davidson finished the EU referendum a star - then she lost her greatest ally Now Britain has voted for Brexit, what do David Cameron and the government do next?