PricewaterhouseCoopers have been appointed to recruit members of the Appointment Commission for the House of Lords. The head-hunters will be paid £52,000 plus expenses and a further £30,000 for advertising. Nice work if you can get it! Applicants are asked to send with their CV declarations on conflicts of interest, political activity, gender, race and disability and 75 words on reasons "why you would be a suitable candidate". Why should race, gender or disability have anything to do with whether you are the right person to decide who should be a member of the House of Lords?