- Single term limits. This ensures that the members of the Lords are not dependent upon their party hierarchies for constant re-selection and re-election. They would also under little pressure to put what is popular ahead of what they believe is right.
- Long but fixed terms of between ten and fifteen years. If there is no re-election then long terms are useful for enticing talented people to round off their working lives in politics. The slow nature of change would mean that it would reflect long term public opinion whilst the Commons is more immediate.
- Elections are staggered. So the House is less susceptible to short run swings in the nation's mood.
- It has real power to delay all but financial bills for as long as it takes.
- A lower age limit of around 45 or 50, this is so it becomes a chamber where experienced people enter to culminate a career, not a chamber where the members are all vying for promotion to a higher level.
- Party Memberships must be suspended once elected. Whilst they will still form de facto groupings they will have fewer obligations to outside forces.
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