The Rt Hon. the Lord Hain, ennobled yesterday, 24 November 2015:
“I, Peter Gerald Hain, do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law.”
Peter Hain MP, a year ago, 3 November 2014:
“The Lords are an archaic anomaly which fuels disillusionment with British politics. It exists purely on a democratic deficit which has been allowed to evolve unchecked for centuries… the fact is that people are fed up with an out-of-touch political class and the growing sense that Westminster is failing us all.”
What was it about the £300-a-day allowance that changed his mind?