This is definitely not what a revolution looks like. Nevertheless, as Barack Obama never said, change has come to the Lords.
By Alex Stevenson
Ever since the cash-for-amendments affair last year the Lords have been scandalised into action. The last 12 months has seen the introduction of a new code of conduct, the establishment of an independent commissioner for standards post and, now, the abolition of Lords' expenses.
"For the House of Lords, it is positively a revolutionary pace," its avuncular leader, Lord Strathclyde, joked jovially yesterday afternoon. A low rustling sound filled the chamber, like leaves wafted by an autumn breeze. Peers were laughing softly to themselves.
It was a brief moment of humour in a serious-minded session. A very grave matter of state was being discussed: the announcement by the government that it was supporting Lord Wakefield's proposal to introduce a flat £350 daily allowance for attendance in the upper chamber.
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