The Lords’ Tale

The Lords’ Tale is a documentary by Molly Dineen filmed in the run up to the expulsion of all but 92 hereditary peers from the House of Lords. Observing the tense atmosphere prior to the passing of the 1999 Bill and the arrangements made for expulsion – and election – of hereditary peers, the film gives a revealing and sympathetic account of the work and character of their lordships. Ironically, at the time of filming, the House was fighting the Labour government’s attempts to cut incapacity benefit – despite Tony Blair’s assertion that the House remained a kind of permanent Conservative opposition. However, given the documentary was screened three years after this extraordinary piece of constitutional vandalism took place, any benefit it may have lent to the hereditary cause came tragically late.