Yesterdays announcement by the three main English Political Parties to nominate 21 out of 22 new Peers shows that the dominance of the Parties is intended to continue long past the time when the political careers of Miliband, Cameron and Clegg are over. There was no attempt in the interviews and press releases to hide behind the fig leaf of Party Policy to reform the Lord as promised previously by all of these three men any time soon. The Lords has increased in size by 3% at a time when the Government is supposed to be getting smaller if one was to take seriously the words of the Prime Minister who must take ultimate responsibility for this appalling set of decisions.
Meanwhile an area of public appointment that appears to have been forgotten by the coalition and has lacked any comments by the Opposition despite their own busy-ness in selecting new unelected legislators is the search to find a replacement for Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss as Chair of the national independent child abuse enquiry. After a great deal of pressure across the country and within Parliament Theresa May announced the decision to hold an enquiry on Monday 7th July. At the time of the announcement there was no name as a Chair for this important body. Later that day a name was announced but after a week of public debate, Lady Butler Sloss conceded her judgement and by implication that of the Government was impaired in agreeing that she would take the job. Now 4 weeks later we are still waiting to hear from the Government on their proposed candidate for this public role. The NSPCC called for a name to be announced on 25th July. That was 2 weeks ago and unless I have missed it, there is still no name for us all to consider.
The Government and Opposition have had time to choose 21 Peers between them and endorse a 22nd from the DUP. They have all had time to visit the seaside as they prepare for next Mays General Election, and joined in the fun as Boris Johnson ensures his personal political career and the future leadership of the Conservative Party is secured. Yet there is no name proposed for a national enquiry into child abuse. These are very strange priorities, but then we do seem to have some very strange Politics at the moment.