I have just signed the following petition on the P.M.'s website:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to remove the unelected bishops from the House of Lords.Christianity is a relatively benign religion and there is the weight of tradition behind the episcopal presence in the House of Lords, but the bishops should go, for at least the following reasons:
- We will be unable to get any effective check on the at present excessive power of the House of Commons until the Lords is fully elected.
- Other religions are claiming unelected places on the grounds that Christians have them. They have a point. This point needs to be removed.
- Clerics can stand for election if they wish to be involved in government.
- The presence of Lords Spiritual discriminates against secular, humanist, agnostic and atheist citizens.