This is just sky blue thinking - that must not be considered as a serious proposal. Plaid Cymru have adopted an interesting approach to who should be its representatives in the House of Lords, now that the decision to take their place in the Second Chamber has been agreed. They are going to have an internal vote on names that will be submitted to the party membership. This seems to me to be a rather good idea. I wonder whether any other party will decide to go down the same route. It seems rather more democratic than just appointment by some mysteriouis system.
Now , my party has turned its face against the 100% appointment system that operates at present in respect of the House of Lords. I'm not sure that we have a final definitive position on this (I'm sure I will be told if there is) but it will surely be in support of a large majority of members of the 'revising' chamber being directly elected. Reform of the House of Lords is one of those issues which Labour will never get around to acting upon - so its interesting to see Plaid Cymru taking direct action itself. Such a system would not be a huge innovation for the Conservative Party in Wales, in that we effectively do the same thing in respect of the National Assembly already - where some of our AMs are guaranteed to be elected, once they have been elected to a high position on the Party's regional lists by a vote of the party membership. Same thing applies to our MEP, where it would be a seismic shock if the woman we elect to top our list is not elected to the European Parliament.
I should repeat that this is just me thinking aloud - not me putting forward a proposal for serious consideration. Tell me if you think its a daft idea.