There’s no reason to think electing yet more politicians will give us better government or better legislation.
Should one ever, heaven forbid, feel disillusioned with the political process, spending half an hour watching the House of Commons debate legislation can be a reassuring experience.
Outside of Prime Minister’s Questions, the discussion is civilised, reasonably intelligent and, often, lacking in political point scoring. It’s only when the cameras are on them that MPs behave like prize idiots (you can catch the rest of their debates on the BBC’s specialist digital channel or website).
What role should a second chamber play? Well, giving leading figures from arts, academia, industry and religion the chance to comment on legislation – but not to block or amend it, without the consent of the Commons – might be an idea.
In other words, the system we have now is, one might say, the least worst option.
What there’s no need for is a second tier of elected politician. We have enough of those already.