The Committee on Standards in Public Life have produced a paper on the above, at the beginning of which they set out what they term "The Seven Principles of Public Life".
The seven principles are: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability, Openness; Honesty and Leadership - and I am sure all would agree with me that MPs have failed dismally on every principle.
The Coalition Government has talked a lot about cleaning up party funding. They want to put a stop to big money dominating politics, however, one of the proposals being seriously discussed at the moment is the introduction of more regulated state funding of parties. This is not acceptable.
From the report:
"The Coalition Agreement committed the new Government to pursuing “a detailed agreement on limiting donations and reforming party funding in order to remove big money from party politics".
No doubt like the Referendum Lock and the Recall System, the above promise will be kicked into the long grass until such time as Cameron and Clegg are forced to go looking for it!
The political class don't listen to the people on a number of matters - for example, the EU and Immigration - and we pay hundreds of millions for a Parliament which is no more than a 'rubber-stamping' organisation for rules emanating from Brussels.
So why the hell should the public be forced to fund the work that they are supposed to do, but don't?
Just asking, like....................