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Comment: Re:Three strikes in Politics.. (Score 2, Interesting) 294 294

Yay for unelected politicians who keep coming back despite being forced to resign in shame.

I think his unelected status is a bit of a red herring, to be honest. The unelected Lord Mandelson of Hartlepool and Foy is pretty much exactly as dodgy as the duly elected Rt Hon Peter Mandelson MP was. Plus there are plenty of other very dodgy elected politicians (as the recent expenses furore demonstrated), and lots of entirely sensible and honest unelected peers (especially the non-party-affiliated cross-benchers) who do very good work, are acknowledged experts in their fields, and who are definitely worth having involved in the legislature. But yes, there does seem to have been a bit of a tradition of "two strikes and you get a peerage" in British politics over the last few decades: the novelist and convicted liar Jeffrey Archer is a prime example, and it can only be a matter of time before David Blunkett gets kicked upstairs too.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?

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