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Excess of ermine

by Simon Heffer, Mailonline

Lady D'Souza, the Speaker of the House of Lords, is outraged by the prospect of another 50 peers being created – possibly placemen to ensure Mr Cameron's same-sex marriage bill is not derailed.
She describes the existing 810-strong chamber as 'ridiculous' and its members as 'unruly'. The vital revising role of the Lords cannot be properly performed in such an environment. If the Lords can't be reformed it must be cut – which would also save money.

Until 160 peers have died, and the Lords is the same size as the Commons, there should not be a single new peer created.

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