Some time ago, Law and Lawyers looked at House of Lords reform - Plantagenet Palliser - after 100 years, will Lords reform arrive?
A basic democratic principle is that those who make the law should be elected by the people through a system of universal franchise. This is recognised by Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights:
ARTICLE 3 - Right to free elections
The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.
Given that the House of Lords is wholly unelected, it fails to come anywhere near this basic democratic principle. This is not to say that the Lords has failed to do a good job in terms of improving Bills and, on a number of occasions, the Lords has shown itself to be more supportive of civil liberties than the elected Commons. This may be due to the abilities of many of the members who are often less fearful of the political party machinery. However, for reasons which I hope