Not a single voter had the opportunity to mandate Gordon Brown to be Prime Minister – his thugs even scared off internal party rivals – now the Prime Minister without a mandate wants a quango without a mandate, with placemen appointed by politicians. Where do the voters and taxpayers come in to this equation? We have been here before, the Commissioner for Standards was a political appointment to watch over the integrity and honesty of politicians. When Elizabeth Filkin naively took her job seriously she was hounded out of office. Not exactly a good precedent for “independent” regulation.
We need reforms that make politicians more directly and immediately accountable to voters. Douglas Carswell is on the money, we want the power of voter recall for underperforming politicians, we need to be involved in the open selection of candidates before every election. We need to empower voters, not the party machines. Too many constituencies are the permanent property of lazy, sleazy politicians. The worst expenses abusers were in the safest seats.