“A dog starved at his master's gate, predicts the ruin of the state”. These lines from William Blake's Auguries of Innocence go beyond the obvious cruelty they describe. They remind us of the destruction which follows when power abdicates responsibility, care and compassion.
Abolishing the House of Lords is vital to getting rid of corrupt corporate politics, says Anthony Barnett. But an elected second chamber may not be the good democratic, reform-minded alternative many suppose.