Parliament must be saved from itself

A magisterial verdict on the MPs’ expenses scandal is delivered from leading political scientist Vernon Bogdanor ( who it so happens, was David Cameron’s politics tutor but is not parti pris). Mr Brown, “is not to blame for the greed – the person responsible for filling more boots than Imelda Marcos is Margaret Thatcher”, says a former MP with a long memory.

The cost of furniture, gardening, swimming pools and horse manure should be paid by MPs from their salaries. This would mean, until Sir Christopher Kelly reports, a fall in the standard of living of many MPs.

Whatever the precise mechanism, it is essential that members of the public are now involved in the determination of MPs’ pay and allowances. Only through radical reform will we be able to ensure that our political system does not undergo the degradation that destroyed the Fourth Republic in France in 1958. Britain, it was once said, can never be ruined but by her Parliament. It is now for the public to play their part in saving Parliament from itself
It is now for MPs to decide it is time for Speaker Martin to be handed a revolver and a bottle of whisky..


Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

Categories Uncategorised

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.