December 16th, 2013

Two Lords a Leaping into Suspension

Ulster Unionist Lord Laird has been banned from the Lords for four months, while Labour’s Lord Mackenzie has picked up a six month ban after they were caught out in a newspaper lobbying sting in June.

They should be banished forever.

UPDATE: Here’s a thought. There were three peers caught in the fake company lobbying sting: How did Lord Cunningham avoided a suspension?

Does his membership of the privy council make him immune from censure?


  1. 1
    Penal says:

    Nearly as severe as having to say sorry.

    I bet common criminals wished they were treated like Westminster Criminals.

    • 5
      june says:


    • 17
      This is what corruption looks like. says:

      Banished ? A Prison sentence more like along with those other corruptible lords a leaping from a few years ago. This is blatant corruption and nothing is done about it.

      • 19
        Voter says:

        It would be good if someone with the resources mounted a private prosecution.

        • 22
          BBC - Bringing Back Communism says:

          No Tory Lords caught in the act so no news there.
          We reported it and then moved on.
          What we need from the Guardian and Independent is for them to catch Tory Lords or MP’s in the act then we will innundate the airwaves.
          At the moment we constantly have Comrade Clegg ranting on about the Home Secretary who, even we admit, is far more capable than Comrade Clegg – but who cares? Not us.

    • 33



  2. 2
    william says:

    Elected cheats are preferable to the unelected variety.

    • 8
      hurripotter says:


    • 10
      Democracy now says:

      I agree. We should abolish the Lords and have a directly elected Upper Chamber.

      We should also scrap the Privy Council, which is another fundamentally anti-democratic institution.

      • 15
        Bliar for President says:

        Easy to agree with but flawed in reality (unless you are happy to have the likes of Bliar in Buck House lording it over all the plebs)

        • 20
          Democracy says:

          Blair could not win a free and fair election. The only reason Labour wins general elections these days is because the constituencies are gerrymandered and the electoral system has been corrupted by postal votes.

          But in principle , why not have a person as head of state who is supported by the majority of the populace? The Queen could win any such election hands down. Couldn’t she?

          • Never believe anything you find on Google (or anywhere else on-line) says:

            So how do we restore free and fair elections? First abolish the postal vote. The clean up the electoral register. Then have constituencies of approximately equal size. Then …

            So how do we get that through the current system?

          • Mr Cromwell says:

            I set the precedent years ago. All you have to do is follow it to the letter.

          • Vlad the Loudhailer says:

            Didn’t the Roma who is Squeaker say that electronic voting is the thing, if this is the case then constituencies of equal size are easy.

          • cynic says:

            With electronic direct democracy there’s no need for MP’s. Let the public vote on major issues, by-pass the middlemen troughers.

  3. 3
    Snotsicle says:

    Shouldn’t it be Ten Lords-a-Leaping? Shouldn’t be too difficult to find another eight misbehaving peers.
    Eight MPs-a-Milking their expenses won’t be too hard to unearth either.

  4. 4
    harry potter says:


  5. 6
    lescrompsblogg says:

    #wheresdaddyspig Ma-Lud

  6. 7
    Tim Yeo says:

    Lord Mackenzie ? A Bent ex-cop ?

  7. 9
    Lordy, lordy says:

    Lord Laird? After Lord Adonis, another one whose name means ‘lord lord’.

  8. 11
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    What about Lord Cunningham ?

  9. 12
    Adrian Swall says:

    Cunningham’s father was jailed for local authority corruption in the 70s. Perhaps it’s in his genes and he couldn’t help it.

  10. 13
    BBC Leftwit says:

    We’ll only report on our Lord Nelson

  11. 16
    ffranc says:

    Isn’t the ability to unrobe misbehaving peers part of Lord Steel’s Bill, which Clegg and Cameron have refused to give Commons time to?

  12. 21
    geordieboy says:

    They didn’t call him Junket Jack Cunningham for nothing you know when he was an MP. Now that he is in the Lords he doesn’t need to travel to fill his boots with taxpayers dosh.

  13. 25
    Mr Cromwell says:

    Guido, if ever you find out the answer to your question on PC immunity, please be sure to let us know. TQVM.

  14. 26
    PDubya says:

    Blatantly Biased Company mouthpiece – “Jack is untouchable he’s one of ours”.

  15. 29

    Stripped of their Lordly titles and banned from politics for life. Like bent jockeys get warned off racecourses so should bent Lords, Ladies and any dishonourable MP get the same treatment.

  16. 31
    cynic says:

    If those who are caught were placed in front of the trough, their peers would happily trample them to death in their greedy rush to self advancement.

  17. 32
    treetop91 says:

    This is doing the Lords more harm than any Labour campaign to abolish the Lords could ever manage. Death by a thousand cuts (unfortunately it may need that many to work).

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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