The composition and function of the Second Chamber
The Monarch is the Personal and symbolic embodiment of a nation’s aspirations, made constitutionally also the head of both Church and State. To arrive at the criteria required to consider a Constitutional Elected Monarchy, we need to discern and weigh its closest institution which serves as the Collective and active embodiment of a nation’s aspirations.
The House of Lord’s or the Second Chamber is its closest relative because in this body, the nation’s highest representatives serve as a collective active embodiment. In times past, the hereditary system served as the continuity to its duties and privileges, now that legislation looks towards an elected Second Chamber, upon political aspirations to reflect an liberal Democracy, the continuity of the Monarchy itself can thereby become the figurehead to the Collective active and symbolic embodiment of a nation’s aspirations.
With the continuation of the hereditary monarchy, the continuity of a nation’s aspirations cannot find a resting place which reflects its active status. The figurehead of the hereditary monarchy, prevents the collective wisdom of the Second Chamber from reflecting the true stature of a nation’s aspirations to emerge as a Singularity.
The composition and purpose of the Second Chamber become inexorably linked to its ultimate nature, to become transfigured into its highest status a Constitutionally Elected
Monarchy. This will in turn, provide the necessary ideas to sustain both the composition and purpose of the Second Chamber, both are linked in this wise.
The nature of the Monarchy must now reflect two chief aspirations, firstly to represent the nation as Head of State, but now through a meritocracy, via the Second Chamber, but prevented from becoming an ‘Absolute monarch’ by taking away the legislative powers of the Second Chamber and its Singularity, ( the Sovereign ) in this wise.
Traditionally the House of Lords, is the highest legislative institution in the land. Its greatest asset lay in its collective wisdom. That wisdom can now be better employed in the manner that befits wisdom, which is to anticipate.
The entire relationship between the House of Commons and the House of Lords can now undergo radical reform in this manner. The Commons should remain the only legislative body in the land, with its own reforming inner body, drawn from the back benchers of all parties. This keeps all matters of the nation’s welfare under one roof. It also prevents this most important and chief purpose, to create a truly Second reforming chamber, in which all political ties are truly severed. The Commons frames laws to enable aspiration. The Second Chamber invests these aspirations to create inspiration from the elected merits of individuals to form a collective Chamber to legislate by symbolism and ceremony.
The separation of powers, in a new ‘’Chamber of Commons’’
Traditionally, the agenda of the Second Chamber is always set by the first, the House of Commons, and thereby the narrative is dictated, and all matters of legislation is in reality politically motivated by the incumbent government. This also enjoys supreme amplification in the Queen’s Speech at the opening of Parliament when the manifesto for the presiding government’s agenda is set in concrete. The Opposition can only rely upon the strength of its political leadership to render a check, in which it is at the mercy of the strength of the elected party in power. This leaves the constitution in a very severe paralysis potentially. The present system leaves too much power concentrated in the elected political party and consequently in the one figurehead of the Prime Minister.
The safeguard to the Constitution lies in the necessity to maintain power and representation by it separation.
Power should remain with the Executive, the legislative body of Parliament, active through legislation via the House of Commons, its working parts concealed.
Representation should come in its symbolic form through that of the Second Chamber and of its Personal nature in the figurehead of the Monarch, its dignified parts revealed.
The Second Chamber then acts on the nation’s behalf by setting up its own agenda which pre-empts the legislative work of the House of Commons. This Chamber of Commons
carries no legislative powers, because as it were it becomes a think tank in advance of the Commons agenda but without portfolio. It assume power in its threefold capacity of collective wisdom elected to represent all parties, without legislative powers but with symbolic powers via the figurehead of the Monarch, which reinstates its symbolic nature but with a new serving nature to reflect an agenda set by this new Chamber of Commons.
The Queen’s Speech can then become the focal point to amplify the agenda set by the Second Chamber to in effect inspire the collective aspirations of the nation, from which an Constitutionally Elected Monarchy is finally itself drawn. A full circle is completed in which any single individual can find a constitutional way in which to represent the nation in its most profound and symbolic role, in the figurehead of the Monarch.
The Opening of Parliament becomes an occasion in which it is devolved from a political instrument to one which truly represents a nation’s aspirations, in which the very figurehead itself is drawn from a continuity of a nation’s own aspiration’s fulfilled.
In this devolved manner, the nature of politics becomes very inclusive and politics is given into the hands of the people in a responsible and workable way which is divers and open, creating a sense of Duty which proceeds from the fabric of society itself.
The composition and function of the Second Chamber.
The Second Chamber or Chamber of Commons, can be drawn without political influence. As its nature is to be closely allied to the monarchy and retain its symbolic role but with active responsibilities, in its pre-emptive nature, its ranks base upon meritocracy could now be drawn from the Honours List. Here lies the stature of the nation given to deserved privilege, in which its individual merits can be brought together to house a collective responsibility which attains its supreme embodiment in becoming the Monarch itself.
From the Honours List, to comprise the Second Chamber, Royal Subjects are created by an Act of Parliament, to form the Royal Family. This distils and devolves the hereditary monarchy into an elected monarchy which will make sense of our political reforms in our age of a liberal democracy, of open and accountable government, based upon meritocracy.
This new Royal Family, will truly reflect the nation in its most profound transfiguration, by being drawn from the whole of society itself. The monarchy also becomes transfigured in its most profound sense, by inheriting the hereditary nature of society through its citizens which best reflect its stature and continuity. Republicanism becomes expunged at a great distance in which ideals are fully realised upon its own criteria.
The representation from the Honours List, should reflect the likeness of the Cabinet in which the diversity of a nation’s welfare occupy their relative functions. Election of the Honours List, drawn from the Prime Minister and the Sovereign, may now become devolved from a panel comprised of both Houses. This makes the composition of the Second Chamber both democratic and in touch with each other through impartial influence and definitive powers of calling in their separate functions.
The tenure of the Second Chamber can broadly reflect the tenure of elected Members of Parliament with some overlap to sustain continuity. Within the Second Chamber could be elected Royal Subjects, whom perform royal duties in a devolved way. This in effect will become the new ‘’spin doctors’’ but spin without conspiracy. From this pool of Royal Subjects, election to form the Royal Family, which is not distilled into one single family but drawn from individual royal subjects. Members of the Royal Family can then occupy the various royal palaces in which their upkeep and use can be given to truly benefit the nation.
The Monarch itself can be chosen by a General Election or both Houses in which candidates emerge from a pool of Royal Subjects to serve for a fixed term of 25 years to from the Royal Family.