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Does hereditary peerage matter?

By Lord Monckton It was 6am in Sydney. At my hotel bedside, the telephone rang. It said, “I’m Adam Spencer of the ABC, and you’re on the air. Are you a member of the House of Lords?” I was in Australia to debate not the hereditary peerage but the climate, in an hour-long live prime-time programme from the Press Club in Canberra on ABC1, networked throughout the land and repeated twice. One was delighted to find such interest in the arcana of peerage law Down Under. But my antennae twitched. I replied: “Yes, but without the right to sit or…