Oh, I’ve got to add to my response to a) now I’ve seen this fantastic listicle in which David Steel gives Clegg a thorough kicking.
The House of Lords Bill was “destined to fail” he explains: “we desperately need a proper examination of how a reduced size senate could be elected by the component institutions of the UK (including the House of Commons) and thus provide a quasi-federal chamber able to tie in with home rule for the nations and an English Grand Committee for the Commons.”
YES! That’s the kind of reform I wanted. Those were the days, when the LibDems really did have visionary ambitions for integrated constitutional reform.