Owen Jones: This broken House of Lords doesn’t need reform. It needs scrapping | Owen Jones

A peer claimed £50,000 in allowances without speaking in a debate. This anti-democratic institution must go

Imagine this for a gig. You get paid £50,000 for doing no discernible work, occasionally get to wear some funky looking scarlet and ermine robes, prance around one of the world’s most iconic buildings, and even have subsidised meals thrown into the bargain. This is lifestyle that David Brookman, a Labour peer in the House of Lords, might recognise, according to a Guardian investigation. You, as a taxpayer, forked out the equivalent of two nurses’ salary last year in attendance and travel expenses for Baron Brookman of Ebbw Vale, who in a 12-month period didn’t participate in a single debate or submit any written questions. Still, who needs nurses?

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