I remember when I was working for the electoral reform society and David Lipsey was the chair of the make votes count coalition. We always had problems cos he had so many different hats and when he appeared on the tv we never knew with what hat he would be speaking. Eventually he wrote a vehemently anti Lords reform article for the Times Thunderer column under the title “You couldn’t elect better lords than me”. I wrote a single line letter in reply “Trust me, we could”. It got me a right b*ll*cking from my boss and Lipsey. But it was worth it.
I defy anyone to listen to Lipsey for more than five minutes and still be in favour of an appointed House of Lords. He truly believes that as a so-called member of the 'intellectual elite' he knows better, and that 'the little people' are not to be trusted. He personifies all that is bad about the House of Lords.
PS I remember the first time I met Lipsey. I told him that his economics text book had got me through my A Level Economics (albeit with a Grade E). He have me a thunderous look and informed me that those books were written by "the other David Lipsey". Marvellous.