Time flies. It hardly seems like a year has passed since I was in Glasgow to deliver the Stevenson Lecture. I spoke then on House of Lords reform and made the point that election of the second chamber is not self-evidently ‘the democratic option’. A colleague of mine, Dr Colin Tyler, who specialises in democratic theory, has also made the same point in a succint submission to the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill. You can read his submission – it is number 27 – in the written submissions. On the same point, it is also worth reading the evidence of Sir John Baker, Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, at number 23.