I have a post up on the Oxford/Cambridge Politics In Spires group blog where I propose a way of reforming the House of Lords.
In brief, the idea is that abstentions should count as ‘votes’ for an Appointments Commission list. The result, I think, would be a chamber that was directly elected, broadly representative, deliberative and populated with ‘experts’, as well as clearly subordinate to the House of Commons. What’s not to like?
See Getting the House in Order: brainstorming a novel approach to Lords reform for more details.
I now have a related post on this at LibDemVoice. Commenters seem opposed, but not for good reasons.