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Peers who spoke on first day of equal marriage debate almost equally divided

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jun 2013, 4:04pm

    This doesn’t mean anything. Most of them won’t be speaking. This is no different than the debate in the Commons, virtually half and half on both sides speaking for and against.

    1. bobbleobble 4 Jun 2013, 4:33pm

      I was just thinking that myself Robert. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if more spoke against than in favour in the Commons. All the usual suspects were there.

  2. Midnighter 4 Jun 2013, 5:23pm

    Even taking this figure with a grain of salt as Robert rightly suggests above, this split further indicates how much out of touch with society this House is.

    This is not a House serving society by calming the wild schemes of a single party government that might control the lower house, this is an anachronistic leviathan generating its own waves to sink a bill democratically supported by an overwhelming cross party consensus.

    If its aim is indeed to serve society especially on civil matters such as this, were it to block or delay such a democratically supported Bill, the House of Lords would demonstrate that it is unfit for purpose. I’m pleased to see that several Lords have already pointed this out to their colleagues or are choosing to abstain rather than risk this outcome with their negative vote.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jun 2013, 5:42pm

      Thoroughly concur with that. If Lords reform isn’t going to be forthcoming, then the debate today may well speed up the process even after the Bill passes and I strongly think it will. It will all have been facilitated by the delusional loons who’ve made themselves a laughing-stock in front of the nation and the world. They are an embarrassment also to themselves.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jun 2013, 5:39pm

    Yes indeed, bobbleobble. It’s a replication of the nonsense we heard last month, same old boring, worn out mantras. This is nothing more than a last desperate attempt to clutch at spuriously mendacious straws. They’re digging themselves deeper and deeper into oblivion. I refuse to listen in to the debate. It was stressful enough listening to the rants of Loughton, Burrowes, Howarth and Bone(head) et al last month. Once was quite enough, bad for my aura too.

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