I am very much in favour of reforming the second chamber. It is impossible to justify the current system of appointment, which under the guise of rewards for 'services' effectively means appointments are at the discretion of the political elite.
It would be easy, and convenient to argue that the solution to this is electing the majority of members of the Upper House. It fits in with the consensus view - which I, of course, hold too - that the cross on the ballot paper is the proper way to choose our leaders.
However, having given the matter much thought I believe that the current proposals for reform simply perpetuate the monopoly that the political parties have over our democratic process, and miss a fantastic opportunity to attract the type of talented people with a lot to contribute towards making legislation better, who would never dream of standing for election.