Supporters of the House of Lords Reform Bill keep calling in aid the Coalition Agreement. The only problem is that it doesn’t say what they think it says. (The commitment is to set up a committee to bring forward proposals for reform.) Not only that, David Laws – one of the negotiators responsible for drawing up the agreement – has now conceded in an interview in The House Magazine that, in his recollection, the section on Lords reform was ‘agreed in a few minutes of discussion’. So a major change to the constitution was rushed through and a form of words agreed that the negotiators now claim mean something different. If they had taken it more seriously, they may have been able to put into words what they now claim they meant. If they failed to do so, they have only themselves to blame.