"At the heart of this stinking affair is the erosion of democracy and the very great danger is that – as Hannan points out [see below]– that the "cure" will make the disease worse." Perhaps more importantly explaining that for all the money they earn and fiddle - and constantly increase the amounts they are 'due' - the UK parliament is actually doing less and less: The EU Ref post link to the Earl of Balfour's letter to The Daily Telegraph saying that "His letter demands the widest possible circulation" (as I am doing):
"Never more has it been more important to focus on the essential point that the "expenses" controversy is a symptom not the cause of the problem."
Hannan pointed out that "Gordon Brown's proposals would make matters far worse": "The revelations of parliamentary abuses have left me feeling let down, disappointed and, in some cases, shocked. But I only started getting angry as I listened to the Prime Minister's asinine claim that the way to clean up Parliament was to subject it to an external quango." Nice to see that the spin in Brown's "class war" reference to the current system seeming like a Gentlemen's Club wasn't lost.
Retired MPs say that the lot of a backbencher these days is very dull and powerless.
So much legislation comes from Brussels and bypasses Parliament altogether, and this has been exacerbated by the wholesale politicisation of the Civil Service since 1997.
No doubt, sadly, I must probably count myself - at least in part - among those so-called 'claquers' whom EU Referendum derides for helping to distract attention - not for a second assuming I am 'visible' enough to be either seen or counted - whose "love of personality politics" will...
"...wreck any chance of a serious debate, as they focus on the coming beauty contest. Thus does our democracy dribble down the pan, lost in the torrent of trivia and stupidity that drives what passes for political discourse."