British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday formally committed the party to the objective of abolishing the country's upper legislative house, the House of Lords and replacing it with an elected body.
The pledge to abolish what Mr. Corbyn's press described as an "undemocratic anachronism" has been well received online, with many observers praising it as significant step in the direction of genuine democracy.
Goodbye, House of Lords! This is a big step in a massive expansion of democracy in Britain https://t.co/HMqLAKEdXP— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) May 24, 2018
An elected second chamber is a big step towards ending Britain’s rigged system. It should be senators who, rather than representing constituents, should be elected by PR and have strong backgrounds in policy. https://t.co/iJoximXUIo— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) May 23, 2018
Friday, Frankie Boyle "Corbyn isn't radical"— Matt Thomas (@Trickyjabs) May 23, 2018
Labour this week:
Confront crony capitalism
Environmental driven economy
End rough sleeping/homelessness
Reform House of Lords
Consult on Reunifed Ireland
What's not radical Frankie…is taking BBC paycheques..
The move was however seen as cynical by some who noted that just days prior, Mr. Corbyn had nominated members of his own party for membership of the upper house with the condition that they vote in future for its abolition.
18 May: McNicol given peerage.— Matt Thomas (@Trickyjabs) May 24, 2018
23 May: Corbyn to abolish House of Lords.
The unelected nature of the House of Lords has long been a source of criticism in the British Parliamentary system, as its members, called "Peers", are selected by their own party, usually after many years in politics rather than by being elected.
The House has come under particular criticism since the UK's decision to leave the European Union, as it has consistently voted to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal legislation and sought to pressure the government into softening its negotiating position towards Europe.