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Expertocracy
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Now that the debate on the future of the House of Lords is in full swing, we must consider what sort of upper house we want.

I've thought for a while that the upper house should be free from party politics. An elected chamber full of politicians toeing their partys' lines would look too much like the House of Commons, and might simply act as a rubber stamp for government bills rather than a check on the Commons. If the upper house is to continue in its role as a revising chamber, it needs to be filled with people from all walks of life who are experts in their fields; people who are uniquely able to scrutinize proposed legislation, challenging it with voices of experience and wisdom; people with expertise far beyond that of the career politicians in the Commons. This is the role that many life peers play in the House of Lords as it is today.

It won't happen, of course. Reform of the Lords will not produce a House of Experts. But if it did, here's a far-from-exhaustive list of people who ought to be in it: