The Ladies and the Lords
When we hear of a president-for-life somewhere, we probably feel contempt for the individual. And we hope that the citizens of that country will find a way to overthrow the regime and create a democracy. But in Britain legislators-for-life are widely respected and their contemptuous regard for democratic practice is disregarded.
When we hear that in some distant time citizens had to tolerate masters, we probably feel relieved that such times have gone. Yet in Britain the state still tells its citizens that they should regard others as their master, giving them the title of Lady or Lord.