I appeared this morning on the BBC Breakfast programme in order to argue the case against election of the second chamber. It was done at relatively short notice, meaning I had to travel late last night to Manchester, do the programme early this morning and then catch a train back to London. It was nonetheless an interesting experience – I have not been to the new BBC studios at Salford Quays before – and it is better to be in the studio than to do an interview down the line. The main thing was that I was able to explain the benefits of our present arrangements and why it is not self-evidently democratic to elect the second chamber. I was debating the case with an MP who hasn’t quite caught up with this argument….