Foreign News: The Right to Stay Away

The House of Peers, throughout the war, Did nothing in particular, And did it very well.

In the years since mordant Lyricist W. S. Gilbert thus mocked Britain's maligned Upper House of Parliament (in lolanthe), Her Majesty's Lords have had less and less to do with the making of British law or policy. Back in 1911, testy Commoner David Lloyd George, with the help of his King, cut the Lords' veto power to a mere delaying action. Six years ago, even their right to delay was curtailed.

Today, in crisis or out of it, activity in the House of Lords consists for the...

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