There seems to be a media response to the current anger about Parliamentary expenses that says that what is needed is wholesale constitutional reform. I tend to agree that many of the constitutional reforms suggested might be quite a good idea, but I am not sure that they are the response that the public are looking for. Tom Harris has it right when he suggests (with considerable humour) that this may be something of a diversion away from the real issue that has grabbed the attention of the public.
I suspect that the public will not be satisfied until there is a substantial change in personnel in all of the established political parties with those who are felt to have abused the spirit of the expenses system being exiled from Parliament.
However, having said that, if there is a mood for there to be constitutional reform as well, then that is no bad thing. So here is my personal list of seven reforms to add to the pot:
I deliberately haven’t mentioned the House of Lords – partly because I can hardly be described as disinterested, but also because I think there has to be some prior debate about what the Second Chamber is for.
Anyway, there is more than enough in what I have written for people to disagree with ….