Mayor, cabinet or hornpipe?

Iain Dale has an interview with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today. As you might expect, it’s not exactly hard-hitting, but Pickles is given a bit of space to set out his ideas, and the changes he wants to bring about in local government. In answer to a question about council leadership models (mayors, cabinets or committees) he responds:

Bishops in da House: Lord help us

Here’s a bad argument about the reform of the House of Lords: “Does the ‘Big Society’ include bishops in the Lords?“.

I don’t want to be mean to Paul Woolley, director of Theos, whose argument it is, but it is pretty much identical to every other argument against full democratic reform of the Lords. It runs “democracy isn’t just about electoral mandates, it’s about [people I agree with] having a say over legislation”.