When will the Portsmouth City Bishop Christopher Foster and his fellow unelected, unbiblical, Jeremy Corbyn-following, socialist cult of so-called Lords from the Church of England ever learn to keep their noses out of the financial politics of the House of Commons?
As that magnificent historian and Somerset Conservative MP, Jacob Rees Mogg, recently pointed out, there is a long standing tradition that the unelected House of Lords supports the financial business of the democratically-elected House of Commons because the unelected chamber only works if it accepts the legitimacy of a democratic mandate.
This dates right back to the twelth century some 800 years before even The Parliament Act became law in 1911.
Might I therefore ask the Right Rev Foster and his fellow Lords to accept this tradition because if he doesn’t then it is now clear that George Osborne is left with just three options.
These are to either scrap the Lords completely, further restrict them when it comes to the legitimacy of the democratic mandate, or flood the House of Lords with more Conservative peers as was the case when we had a similar constitutional crisis to this prior to the introduction of the Representation of The People Act in 1832.
After all, it was the democratically-elected will of the British people in the May general election to support the £12bn benefit cuts was it not?
The Rt Rev Foster should therefore either respect the will of the British electorate or, in the words of the former foreign secretary William Hague, ‘amend The Parliament Act’ once and for all!
Sea Front, Hayling Island