The costly, undemocratic beast from Brussels must be slain. That is now pretty mainstream among right-wing politicians and commentators. So why are they so many of them so keen to defend the current make-up of the House of Lords?
Democracy is democracy. Those such as myself oppose the EU on the basis that it should be for the British people to decide their own future. But that's no use if we have then have an unelected second chamber which meddles in our democracy with no mandate. Even the Earl of Dartmouth, formerly a sitting Peer in the House of Lords and now an MEP, has branded the HoL as dangerously out of touch and unaccountable.
Radical change in the UK requires power to be put back in the hands of the masses. And that requires ripping up the rule book of how things are currently done. The legislative procedure requires a fundamental overhaul in the UK.
Oh, but some may cry. An elected second chamber under PR would give a voice to the likes of UKIP, the Greens and Respect. Well sorry but if we want democracy in this digital age we must accept plurality. We must accept that the two-party or even three party system in Britain is finished. That era over, finished. Tribal loyalties have slowly broken over the past decade and will continue to slide, in my opinion. Cowering away from this fact leaves us with shameful consequences, such as close to one million 2010 UKIP voters going completely unrepresented in the House of Commons.