[First Published on Tuesday 9th August 2011]
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The future of the House of Lords is the most important constitutional question of the present age, because if it is resolved badly there may be little left of a British constitution at all. A constitution, whether written or unwritten, serves three fundamental purposes:
- It defines the way in which power is to be lawfully exercised by the Government of the day.
- It imposes limits on that power, so as to prevent absolutism and preserve basic values.
- And it provides some means of holding governments to account for the exercise of their power.