KEVIN McKenna ("The grubby House of Lords is a stain on our public life", The Herald, September 9) is clearly not a fan of the House of Lords, but his recent article on its perceived deficiencies failed to acknowledge the important work it does or the expertise its members bring to improving legislation and holding the Government to account.

It is surely a good thing for every part of the UK that when important legislation such as the Agriculture Bill is considered, experts in the House of Lords such as John Krebs, the former chairman of both the Food Standard Agency and National Environment Research Council, can examine the proposed law and suggest changes? Similarly when the Trade Bill or UK Internal Market Bill are discussed in the Lords there will be contributions from members right across the House with decades of real-world business and diplomacy experience who will do the vital job of making sure the laws that emerge are fit for purpose. In addition, the work of the Lords’ select committees is widely admired for its forensic approach and the hig quality reports they produce.

Legitimacy as legislators can be assigned via a democratic process, and it is of course right that is the case for the House of Commons; however legitimacy can also come from the experience of the participants and quality of the work done. I – and many objective commentators – would argue that on that score the House of Lords punches well above its weight and is an essential and effective part of the legislative process.

Richard Faulkner (Lord Faulkner of Worcester), House of Lords, London.

THE idea that British democracy is the best thing since sliced bread is a false premise.

For more than six decades I have watched as politicians have lied to the public, gone back on their promises made to the electorate when trying to get elected, wasted millions of public money and engaged in illegal wars which resulted in the deaths and displacement of thousands of innocent people.

The pandemic is not the fault of any politician, but the pathetic handling since the beginnings of the situation has shown the general public the calibre of today’s crop.

Contracts have been handed to companies to assist in trying to combat the virus without being put to tender, companies which have previously failed but have attachment to certain politicians.

We now have the ridiculous scenario of unelected persons being appointed by the Government to positions of influence over the British public, but that should come as no surprise, as we in this so-called democratic country have an unelected chamber of hundreds who rule over us.

Michael Tolland, Glasgow G13.

IF some bloke I detest made me a future Baroness I wouldn't tell a soul and if the BBC tattled that I would be one - I would be so outraged that, in due course, I would, while going each day to the bank, make sure I wore my washable face covering to catch my tears.

Donald M Manson, Prestwick.