Regular readers will be aware that for some time I have criticised the Coalition for promising a recall system for errant MPs whilst hiding the fact that the ultimate decision will rest with a committee of their peers, for example here. In the Independent it is being reported that up to four 'lay members' could sit on the parliamentary committee making any decision on the recall of an MP.
The present committee, chaired by Keith Barron, comprises 10 members and this idea of four 'lay members' is but a sop to the argument put by Keith Barron; namely that the system was open to the accusation that it is Members of Parliament looking after Members of Parliament.
This proposal yet again demonstrates that when the present political claque talk about devolving power to the people, they have no intention of so doing.
Noting that there are 7 principles of public office, it is completely amazing that the Committee for Standards are not sitting 24/7!