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From: (Peter Stewart)
Subject: Re: The history is long but is coming to an end
Date: 30 Nov 2003 12:42:00 -0800
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"Pierre Aronax" <> wrote in message news:<3fc9efc4$0$8472$>...
> "Peter Stewart" <> a écrit dans le message de
> > ("Robert Baxter") wrote in message
> > By the way, an Australian I know was prevented from taking his
> > hereditary seat becasue he wasn't a British resident. Not quite the
> > same as Lord Mereworth's idea of inalienable right...
> Perhaps he can try to take his seat in the Australian house of peers?
> In his case nevertheless the right is not alienate, rather suspended because
> of his residence: if he had gone back to Britain, he would have been able to
> enjoy it. Quite different from abolishing forever an existing right to seat.
That's why I wrote "not quite the same", but it certainly isn't "quite
different". The alienation of Lord Mereworth's "rights" - or
priviilege - abolished by Mr Blair's governemnt may be no more
permanent than the suspension of access for a non-resident: a future
parliament could reverse the decision, just as qualifications for
taking a seat could be changed from time to time.
If one parliament could bind another, Britain would be living under
the tyranny of its past, and every sensible peer would be residing