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House of Lords like Jury Duty

Comment 2nd July 2010

Why not randomly select Lords from the population, in a way similar to Jury Duty. Individuals would serve 1-2 year terms as a senator or congressman, during which their job will be held open for them outside. 


Basic education (english, maths, science)

No criminal convictions

British citizen

Why does this matter?

An elected second chamber will either be dominated by the same party in Government or the opposition . This will lead to fastracking or stonewalling of legislation. However if Lords were members of the public, from all walks of life I feel that scrutiny of potential legislation would be based on reason and public opinion, rather than political bias or tribal loyalty.

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