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An editorial in the same newspaper maintains that Bercow shows an admirable commitment to winning back public confidence in Parliament, following the expenses scandal. If this is an example of an admirable commitment, then 'Little John' needs to be removed from the highchair he occupies in the kindergarten. Whether attendance is done 'booted and suited' or 'jeaned and 'T' shirted' matters not one iota, if the bodies attired are still, in the main, venal, self-centred and self-opinionated bigots. If Bercow and MPs really wish to make Parliament relevant to the British people, then they can do no better than reclaim the powers ceded to the European Union! It would also help to reclaim relevance in the public's perception were they to also ensure the requirement of their own personal and fiscal honesty.
In the recent debate on whether the reformed system of regulating MP's expenses requires yet further reform, Edward Leigh made a statement of the obvious:
Yup, for what good they do - sack the damn lot!"It is perfectly possible to devise a system that can command public confidence and result in a much lower cost to the taxpayer."
Yet another change that is needed is the reversal of master and servant, the former being what MPs consider themselves. At the end of the day it may well be necessary to cull a few 'pour encourager les autres' in order to achieve the role reversal!