From the Observer archive: this week in 1947
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Reforming the House of Lords

The controversy raised by the Government’s move to curtail the powers of the Lords shows that the issues involved are in danger of not being clearly realised. The Government would like people to think that Conservatives want to maintain the Upper House as a bulwark of reactionary privilege, while Labour wants to reform it. This would be a quite false reading... there is, certainly, something reactionary and out of date about the House of Lords – its constitution and...

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