At the end of August, the government announced 45 new peers, taking it to 850 members and subsequently enduring some heavy criticism from the UK press.
Now a new report from the Electoral Reform Society claims that apathetic Lords cost us all nearly £1.3m last year, as members who failed to speak in a single debate still collected a considerable amount in expenses.
A total of 30 peers kept their vow of silence for longer; failing to speak for the whole of the last parliamentary session, but collectively pocketing more than £750,000 for their time.
And they weren’t even the worst.
Eight Lords failed to either speak in the chamber or vote on a single motion in last year’s session, but still clocked a modest £30,000 for turning up.
Of course, The Capitalist trusts that none of these layabout peers were drawn from the City…