Dr Grumble is a strong supporter of the House of Lords. There was a time when the House of Commons may have done its job properly but that is no longer the case. Like many others, Dr Grumble is thoroughly disenchanted with the career politicians who just do what they are told by the party whips. We need people in parliament who have had a life outside politics, who have some sort of expertise and who can think for themselves. The odd honourable independent does slip in to the Commons but they are few and far between. Dr Richard Taylor, a physician, is an example. How do you think he voted on the Iraq war? How much do you think he claimed in allowances compared with the others? You can find out here if you can't guess.
There are a good few blogging lords. Lord Darzi has a blog but it is rather lacklustre and best known for being something of a damp squib. In desperation Lord Darzi's blog has undergone a face lift and his fan even got a mention. Perhaps Dr Grumble is being unkind. Quite honestly he no longer reads the Darzi blog. Of nobles' blogs Dr Grumble prefers Lords of the Blog which has many more readers and some decent writers. Lords of the Blog is a genuine blog with contributors from all parties. Their lordships do not hesitate to put you right if you have got something wrong. That, of course, is the strength of blogging. Here is Baroness Murphy putting Dr Grumble right when he asked to be elevated to the House of Lords to increase the number of doctors in the second chamber:
But Dr Grumble, we have lots of medics in the Lords of whom I am one of course. We have Murphy, Walton of Detchant, Turnberg, Finlay of Llandaff, Alderdice, Patel, Rea, Winston…and Darzi of course, plus at least 2 dentists, Colwyn and Gardner of Parkes, several trained nurses including Emerton. There are no doubt more that have slipped my mind for the moment. The health professions aren’t badly represented and of course on health policy we hold widely differing views, so that’s quite a bit reassuring.
It's sad that Dr Grumble who was angling to to become Lord Grumble of Blogspot was rebuffed but it's a great honour to be put right by a baroness. It's not actually the first time Dr Grumble has been put right by a baroness but that's not the point. Dr Grumble could be anybody. Baroness Murphy has no idea who Dr Grumble is but she still interacted as bloggers around the world do. It makes Dr Grumble feel that the democratic process is working. It's just rather unfortunate that it's the democracy bit that is completely missing from the Lords. Not that Dr Grumble wants an elected second chamber. Not at all. There is not much wrong with the House of Lords as it is. Quite often they come to what the public would consider to be the right decision when the Commons has got things very wrong. They do a lot of the donkey work on details that the Commons just cannot be bothered with. And, as for democracy, the elected chamber has the final say anyway. So what could be better than that?