I recently mentored a debating team from the Robert Clack School in Dagenham. They were one of four teams taking part in a debate in the chamber of the Lords last Friday on the issue of Lords reform. Each team advocated a particular approach to reform: all-appointed, hybrid, abolition, and all elected. Not surprisingly, the team I mentored was advocating the all-appointed option.
They were an impressive group. Just how impressive was shown in the results of the debate:
Fully appointed: 81 Hybrid: 48 Abolition: 26 Fully elected: 8
I like to think the results show what happens when the different options are fully explained and debated.